Guide Overview

The EP3 Guide contains a vast quantity of information and advice from across the physics community. No department should attempt to implement everything in it. The Guide is not a set of benchmarks or checklists that define “successful” departments. Instead, the Guide should be regarded as a highly structured resource for physics departments and programs to address challenges and make changes and improvements.

When reading each section of the Guide, leaders of physics programs should reflect on where they are, what they want to accomplish, what resources they have available, and the relevance of the topic of the section to achieving their goals. Learn more about how to use the Guide.

  1. How to Use the Guide
  2. Effective Practices
    1. Students
      1. Success
        1. Recruiting of Undergraduate Physics Majors
        2. Retention of Undergraduate Physics Majors
        3. Advising and Mentoring of Students
      2. Opportunity
        1. Career Preparation
        2. Undergraduate Research
    2. Curriculum And Pedagogy
      1. Assessment
        1. Resources
      2. Pedagogy
      3. Course Design
        1. Introductory Courses for STEM Majors
        2. Upper-Level Physics Curriculum
      4. Skills
        1. Computational Skills
    3. Programs
      1. Degree Tracks
        1. High School Physics Teacher Preparation
      2. Student Engagement
    4. Department
      1. Leadership
        1. How to Be an Effective Chair
        2. How to Create and Use a Strategic Plan
      2. People
        1. Departmental Culture and Climate
      3. Undergraduate Program Review
        1. How to Undertake an Undergraduate Program Review
        2. How to Serve as an Undergraduate Program Reviewer
      4. Operations
  3. Resources