Seminar #2 Discussion Prompt

Following is the Blog version of the Success Matrix that Bernard introduced to the Seminar Group today. Please consider the questions and post your answers here. We encourage dialogue on these prompts. If you prefer to see the original document as a grid see the "Success Matrix" link on the right side of the blog under "Meeting Notes."

CPATH Milestones: Transformational change at the national level

ICER Strategic Initiatives: 1. Improve the quality of computing education; 2. Attract more people to the field; 3. Improve retention in the major; 4. Strengthen interdisciplinary connections; and 5.Meet human and infrastructure needs

Success Indicators: What are the 3-4 indicators that show we understand the ICER initiatives and are in a better position to address them? ………Questions: What are 3-4 characteristics of ICER transformational changes in this area? ……Are we able to articulate what a transformed CIS program would look like? …….What does it mean to not have transformational change?

Key Action Steps: What are the steps needed to enable us to align with our success indicators?

Responsibility: Group, Subgroup, or Individual

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  1. Phil Tierney Says:

    1. Improve quality
    - quality surveys to students and staff trend in positive direction
    2. Attract more people
    - Increase entry enrollments by x%?
    3. Improve retention
    - Decrease entry cohort erosiion by y%?
    4. Strengthen interdisciplinary connections
    - Increase adoption of math, science, logic, computer application components by many curricular depts.
    - Increase number of majors with interdisciplinary requirements.
    - Increase non-major(?) opportunities for students to collaborate across specialties
    5.Meet human and infra needs
    - perfrom baseline and subsequent followup surveys to identify gaps and responses

  2. Marc Olsen Says:

    We could establish more cross disciplinary courses that would be attractive to students and allow them to finally answer that burning question.

    "When will I ever use this stuff?"

    My experience with students leads me to believe that very few students are entirely motivated by a purely academic interest in a subject. When they can find out how they can physically hold, touch, or see the applications of their studies you will gain the majority of the students interest.

    This should never come at the cost of lowering the standards of the major as it will repel industry from those programs.