Implementation Plans for Course Redesigns: An Exploration of Identified Strategies

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Institutions are redesigning gateway courses—lower-division courses known to create student success bottlenecks—to influence persistence and completion goals. These initiatives, student success course redesigns (SSCR), are specialized versions of course design institutes (CDIs). This investigation into SSCRs uses content analysis to examine the implementation plans created during a SSCR. Results demonstrated that the majority of the strategies planned focused on the Learning key performance indicator (KPI), and the minority of the planned-for strategies focused on the Monitoring Student Performance KPI. A more granular analysis of the Learning strategies revealed five themes: Content, Assessment, Pedagogy, Syllabus, and Student Success. Additional results indicated the majority of planned strategies would occur out of class, and disciplinary differences between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM faculty for pedagogical and content design changes. Results also demonstrated a need for more faculty to utilize actionable language for course redesign strategies. Moreover, the implementation plans provided useful assessment feedback of the CDI itself.

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faculty development, pedagogy, course redesign, gateway courses, student success

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Campbell, R., & Blankenship, B. (2021). Implementation plans for course redesigns: An exploration of identified strategies. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, 40(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.3998/tia.137
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Rebecca Campbell (New Mexico State University)
Benjamin Blankenship (Northern Arizona University)

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