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Sehoya Cotner

Anne Kellerman



Robin Wright

John Anderson

David Biesboer


Student
-
Faculty Interactions


from the field to the classroom and college
community

What do you do to foster positive
student
-
faculty interactions?

Please list one or two thoughts


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“The U”


some
relevant
facts &
figures

Large, public, land
-
grant, research
university


>50,000 students, ~30,000
ugrad

Five freshman
-
admitting colleges


Biological Sciences (since 1997)


majors in biochemistry,
biology, genetics, ecology,
plant biology, microbiology,
neuroscience

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College of
Biological
Sciences


some
relevant
facts &
figures

140 faculty


~450 graduate students


~1700 undergrads

average

CBS freshman

-
top 10
th

percentile of high
school class

-
ACT = 27 (10% >30)

-
more than half already
have college credits


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Movie!

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Nature of
Life:
Program
Goals


help students begin to explore biology
from molecules to ecosystems


introduce opportunities in CBS & the U


*build a community of learners


increase retention & graduation rates

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Program
Overview

2
-
credit class required for all
students entering from high school


Begins at the Lake Itasca Field
station

(in summer)


3 learning modules


evening sessions & discussions


exam

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Geography
interlude:


Where the
heck is
Itasca?



http://www.nps.gov/cuva/kidstuff/pac/watersheds/images/USmaps/US_new.jpg

ver
itas ca
put

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Nature of
Life:


Overview

2
-
credit class required for all
students entering from high school


Continues back in the Twin Cities


Reflective essays


Involvement at various levels

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Academic success

Building community

Creating connections

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Program
logistics

~350 entering freshmen


4 NOL sessions during summer

80
-
90 students per session


1 make
-
up session second weekend
after classes begin


~40 students

Finances:


$190 course fee (covers
transportation, room, board, supplies,
s’mores)


tuition (covers faculty honoraria)


Small in
-
house grant (covers faculty
housing & board)

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Overall
schedule of
activities at
the Lake
Itasca Field
Station

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Emphasis
on small
group
activities


(12
-
14
students)

Check
-
in & bus trip activities

Learning modules

Roundtable conversations

Exam & exam feedback


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Emphasis
on small
group
activities


(12
-
14
students)

Check
-
in: assigned to groups with
names relevant to faculty in
program


karmellae; phragmoplast; bangi
-
bangi; hectocotylus; etc.

First activity: create poster about
what word means


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Emphasis
on small
group
activities


(12
-
14
students)

Check
-
in & bus trip activities

Learning modules

Roundtable conversations

Exam feedback


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Small
group
activities:


Learning
Modules


Goals


Provide hands
-
on snapshots of
biology disciplines


Explore field biology
opportunities at Itasca


Begin the transition to college
level study & expectations


Highlight opportunities in
research


INTERACT WITH FACULTY IN
CASUAL SETTING

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Small
group
activities:


Learning
Module
Topics


note: each
module is a
4
-
hour
session!

Field Biology


Bog Biology


Lake Ecology


Ornithology


Invertebrate
diversity


River Ecology


Laboratory Biology


Biochemical
analysis of plant
pigments


Molecular biology


Computer
modeling


Nerve function


Issues in Biology


Implications of the human genome
project


Genetic counseling


Social implications of biology

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Learning
Module
example:


hypothesis
building &
testing

15 minutes

Discussion/demo:
Pseudomonas syringae

can nucleate ice
crystal formation

20 minutes

Groups develop hypotheses, experiment, & controls to test it

15 minutes

Groups share their hypotheses & experimental design


discussion of controls, variables etc.

40 minutes

Groups complete their experiment, repeat as necessary;

Revise hypotheses if necessary

20 minutes

Groups report back their results, share ideas & hypotheses

20 minutes

Break

5 minutes

Group discussion: the nature of science

45 minutes

Provide groups with research articles from variety of biology
disciplines (microbiologists, molecular biologists,
biochemists, cell biologists, geneticists, etc.) about
Pseudomonas related to their questions


have them prepare
presentation about the kinds of questions and research
appropriate for that discipline

30 minutes

Group presentations

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Plenary
Activities
with all
students


(~80 students)

Station safety

Itasca biogeography

Keys to success at the U of M

Career building strategies

University traditions

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Plenary
Activities
with all
students


(~80 students)

Campfires & s’mores

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Plenary
Activities
with all
students


(~80 students)

Authentic exam!

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Plenary
Activities
with all
students


(~80 students)

“graduation”

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Of course,
there is a
little

free
time

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Does the
program
achieve its
goals?

Formal IRB
-
approved protocols to
measure attitudes


Pre
-
program questionnaire


Post
-
program questionnaire

-
part 1: repeat pre
-
program
questions

-
part 2: learning module &
program assessment

Informal

-
Follow
-
up surveys on
-
line

-
Essays: reflection on NOL
experience; conversation with a
professor

Outcomes

-

retention, graduation, success

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assessment
results

(goal: introduce
opportunities in
CBS & the U)

Statement

5


strongly agree

1


strongly disagree

Mean
before:

Mean
after:

“I have a good understanding of the
different majors in CBS”

3.55

3.90

“I feel confident in my chosen major
within CBS”

3.69

3.57

p<.0001 & ~.10

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assessment
results

(goal: increase
retention &
graduation
rates)

Statement

5


strongly agree

1


strongly disagree

Mean
before:

Mean
after:

“I am impressed by my student
peers in CBS”

3.64

4.21

“I am confident that I will make
friends among my student peers in
CBS”

4.23

4.45

p<.0001

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Student
-
Faculty
Interactions:
Who cares?

Student
-
faculty interactions as key
to success



Pascarella
et al



Tinto



Chickering



Woodside, Wong, & Wiest



etc.

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Focus on
the
Faculty!


Overall evaluation of the following,
on a 6
-
point Likert scale:

mean

The peer leaders

5.23

THE FACULTY

5.55

The accommodations

5.15

The food

5.13

The evening sessions

4.55

The free
-
time activities

5.10

The resources at the Park

5.34

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What’s so
great about
the
faculty?

Using NOL ‘06 as an example…


In student evaluations of individual
modules, 112 commented specifically on
faculty attributes:


Knowledge (21)


Interest (25)


Approachability (21)


Enthusiasm (23)


Fun factor (11)


Teaching methods (7)



Just
loved
the professor/thought
professor was great (39)


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assessment
results

(goal: build a
community of
learners)

Statement

5


strongly agree

1


strongly disagree

Mean
before:

Mean
after:

“I feel like I know some of the faculty
in CBS”

3.09

4.09

“I am comfortable approaching CBS
faculty with questions”

3.77

4.18

p<.0001

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Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?


Follow
-
up survey administered to all
CBS undergraduates, December
2006


NOL (n=180) and non
-
NOL (n = 77)
respondents


Questions focused on faculty
interactions, within the college and
beyond


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“I have introduced myself to faculty
members without any intent beyond
the introduction”


Never (0)




1 or 2 times total (1)


3
-
5 times total (2)


6
-
10 times (3)


over 10 times (4)


Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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“I have introduced myself to faculty
members without any intent beyond
the introduction”


Never (0)




1 or 2 times total (1)


3
-
5 times total (2)


6
-
10 times (3)


over 10 times (4)


Yes: 2.133 (n=180)


No: 1.844 (n = 77)


t
-
ratio =
-
2.08976


p>|t| = .0384


Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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“I have made appointments to discuss
course material with faculty”



Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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“I have made appointments to discuss
course material with faculty”


Yes: 1.855


No: 2.22


t
-
ratio: 1.977


p>|t| = .0506



Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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“I have taken a faculty member to
lunch”


Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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“I have taken a faculty member to
lunch”


Yes: 1.13889


No: 1.01299


T
-
ratio:
-
3.33304


P>|t| = .0010



Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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“I have had coffee with a faculty
member”

Yes: 1.23889



No: 1.11688



T
-
ratio:
-
1.85404



p>|t| = .0652



Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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In general, my interactions with faculty
have been positive


N/A (0)


disagree strongly (1)


disagree (2)


Agree (3)


agree strongly (4)




Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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In general, my interactions with faculty have
been positive


N/A (0)


disagree strongly (1)


disagree (2)


Agree (3)


agree strongly (4)

Yes: 3.14444

No: 2.79221

t
-
ratio:
-
2.58241

p>|t| = .0110




Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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In general, my impressions of CBS
faculty are positive


Yes: 3.12222

No: 2.94805


t
-
ratio:
-
1.71733

p>|t| = .0880





Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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I feel like I know some of the faculty in
CBS


Yes: 2.64444

No: 2.25974

t
-
ratio:
-
2.9687

p>|t| = .0035



Student
-
faculty
interactions:
long
-
term
effects?

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What do
the faculty
say?

Non
-
NOL faculty:

“Why do all these students keep
introducing themselves to me?”

“How do I get invited up to NOL?”


NOL faculty:

“I’m exhausted!”

“Hey, look at all these familiar faces.”

“Let’s not tell our colleagues about
this sweet deal.”

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…but what
about
outcomes?

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2001 NHS, 271 total

2002 NHS, 351 total

2003 NHS, 330 total

Enrollment:


in CBS

at other
U
college

not at U

in CBS

at other
U
college

not at
U

in
CBS

at other
U
college

not at
U

1 year after
admission

82.7%

4.1%

12.5%

84.3%

5.7%

9.4%

83.3%

8.2%

8.2%

2 years after
admission

66.1%

12.9%

19.6%

66.1%

16.0%

16.0%







3 years after
admission

57.6%

14.0%

21.8%













…but what
about
outcomes?

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…but what
about
outcomes?

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Some
unanswered
questions
remain

Graduation impact?

Best follow
-
up scenario?

Is this sustainable?

What about the students that HATE
it?

others??

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Focus on
the
Faculty!


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Student
comments
from
assessment

“I thought it was an awesome experience. I
didn’t realize how many friends you could make
in three days

it rocked and gave me the
confidence for school in the fall. The whole
experience in general was definitely worth the
time and is a great program

keep it up!”

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Student
comments
from
assessment

“I came to this camp
rather grudgingly. I
don’t do camping. But
now I wish it would
have been a day or
two longer. I’ve met
the coolest people,
learned a lot about the
school and about my
major

and had so
much fun!”

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Student
comments
from
assessment

“I was able to get a
little taste of so
many different
fields of science in
just a couple of
days. Each module
had a specific
question, which was
always answered
after the
experiment or
exploration.”

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Does the
exam
work?