Focus on Outcomes: Fostering Systemic Departmental Improvements

Abstract

This article describes how a focus on outcomes can be a tool for guiding systemic change. By focusing on positive outcomes to be achieved, a group can guide its collective efforts toward an ideal future rather than becoming fixated on individual problems to solve. While there is support for an outcome-guided approach in the literature on individual and organizational change, this approach has not been used extensively to support department-level changes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

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problem-solving, outcomes, undergraduate education, sustainability, departmental change, culture

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Reinholz, D. L., Pilgrim, M. E., Stone-Johnstone, A., Falkenberg, K., Geanious, C., Ngai, C., & Corbo, J. C. & Wise, S. B. (2021). Focus on outcomes: Fostering systemic departmental improvements. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, 40(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.3998/tia.154
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Daniel L Reinholz orcid logo (San Diego State University)
Mary E Pilgrim orcid logo (San Diego State University)
Amelia Stone-Johnstone orcid logo (California State University, Fullerton)
Karen Falkenberg (Colorado State University)
Christopher Geanious orcid logo (Colorado State University)
Courtney Ngai orcid logo (Colorado State University)
Joel Christopher Corbo orcid logo (University of Colorado Boulder)
Sarah B Wise orcid logo (University of Colorado Boulder)

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