Schedule:  2007-2008

TFD meets in 111 Wimberly on alternate Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 5:30 PM.  Feel free to choose sessions to attend if you cannot attend every one.

We will follow up on two of Equity Scorecard's findings this year (grades and retention).  See all the reports here: 

Fall 2007                                                            Jump to Spring

Sept. 4 

Let's begin with the relevant Equity Scorecard reports -- most of you have seen or heard about them already: and 

Sept. 18

This is a study of the strategies implemented by historically white institutions that have attained high retention rates:  Let's add this good summary of the research questions and findings:  Deborah Faye Carter, "Key Issues in the Persistence of Underrepresented Minorities," New Directions in Institutional Research (Summer, 2006).  Deb will email.

Oct. 2

Can we learn from HBCUs and tribal colleges? How do they address retention issues? Jamie P. Merisotis and Kirstin McCarthy, "Retention and student success at minority-serving institutions."  New Directions for Institutional Research (Spring 2005): 45-58.

Oct. 16

Our colleagues from student affairs will join us today.  To some extent, retention and success issues are connected.  The final report on a major effort funded by the James Irvine Foundation offers some insights.  Let's read the Executive Summary, and the "Success" section in the full report.

Oct. 30

Some critics of higher education have suggested that pedagogies that work for white students do not work for students of color.   Little research comparing college students' success by teaching method exists, let alone disaggregated by race.   Let's try this one:  Cherry A. McGee Banks and James A. Banks, "Equity Pedagogy: An Essential Component of Multicultural Education:  Theory into Practice," Culturally Relevant Teaching 34:  3 (Summer, 1995):  152-158 

Nov. 13

Several studies have indicated that all students benefit from a diverse student body.  This study goes into depth on that finding:  Mitchell J. Chang, Alexander W. Astin, and Dongbin Kim, "Cross-Racial Interaction Among Undergraduates: Some Consequences, Causes, and Patterns."  Research in Higher Education 45, no. 5 (August 2004): 529-553.

Nov. 27

What have we learned?  What do we still need to know? 

Dec. 11

What have we learned?  What do we still need to know? 

Spring 2008

Feb. 5  Research

We'll work in the computer lab, 217 Wimberly, today.

Feb. 19   The math studies

Here's the math study we've been dancing around:  Uri Treisman , "Studying Students Studying Calculus: A Look at the Lives of Minority Mathematics Students in College," The College Mathematics Journal 23: 5 (Nov., 1992): 362-372
Stable URL:   And here's the program created in response to Treisman's findings:  Robert E. Fullilove; Philip Uri Treisman, "Mathematics Achievement Among African American Undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley: An Evaluation of the Mathematics Workshop Program,"The Journal of Negro Education, Vol. 59, No. 3. (Summer, 1990), pp. 463-478.   Stable URL:  

Mar. 4  The good and the bad

Here are two studies of collaboration in social science courses.  Let's see what worked and what didn't, and why:

Dawn Vreven and Susan McFadden, "An Empirical Assessment of Cooperative Groups in Large, Time-compressed, Introductory Courses," Innovative Higher Education 32:  2 (2007), 85-92.  From Deb -- ordered through ILLIAD.

Michael Delucchi, "Assessing the impact of group projects on examination performance in social statistics," Teaching in Higher Education, 12: 4(Aug 2007).  447-460.  Also from Deb, same reason.

Mar. 18  No meeting

Spring Break

Apr. 1   More good and bad

When Capable Students Fail: The Academic Sustainability Gap.  Check out this website:

Here's a different approach to "remedial" education:

Jack Tessier, "Small-Group Peer Teaching in an Introductory Biology Classroom," Journal of College Science Teaching, 36:4 (Jan/Feb 2007), 64-69. Select volume 36:4.  Click on the title of the essay (it's the second one).  The login info will appear at the top of the browser window.

Diane Gillespie, Sally Rosamond, and Elizabeth Thomas, "Grouped Out?  Undergraduates' Default Strategies for Participating in Multiple Small Groups," JGE:  the Journal of General Education 55: 2 (2006), 81-102.  Project Muse.

Apr. 15  The institutional context

Adrianna Kezar, "Redesigning For Collaboration in Learning Initiatives:  An Examination of Four Highly Collaborative Campuses," The Journal of Higher Education 77:5 (Sept/Oct 2006), 804-838.  Project Muse.

Susan Talburt and Deron Boyles, "Reconsidering Learning Communities:  Expanding the Discourse by Challenging the Discourse," The Journal of General Education 54.3 (2005) 209-236.  Project Muse.

Apr. 29  

What have we learned?  Do we want to try a pilot? 

To ask about this website:   Deb Hoskins