Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3)

Supporting physics programs with collections of knowledge, experience, and proven good practice for responding to challenges and engaging in systematic improvement.

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Be intentional.

The EP3 philosophy for effective departmental change can be summed up in two words: be intentional.

Successful physics departments…

  • Engage in cyclic self-reflection on their processes and outcomes to guide decisions and actions
  • Embrace shared action and ownership and engage appropriate stakeholders
  • Use data and a clear sense of departmental mission and identity to formulate plans
  • Put plans into action
  • Reflect on the effectiveness of those actions to guide next steps

The EP3 Guide is designed to support physics departments on this journey.

Effective Practices Guide Sections

Developed and reviewed by experts in the physics community, these sections have been approved by the task force. They address a wide range of topics relevant to ensuring a thriving physics program, including actionable practices and implementation strategies.

Effective Practices Draft Sections

These sections are still undergoing a rigorous peer-review process but are available for viewing in draft form.