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.

Visual Table of Contents

EffectivePracticesStudentsCurriculumAndPedagogyProgramsDepartmentSuccessOpportunityAssessmentPedagogyCourseDesignSkillsDegreeTracksStudentEngagementLeadershipPeopleUndergraduateProgramReviewOperationsRecruiting of UndergraduatePhysics MajorsRetention of UndergraduatePhysics MajorsAdvising and Mentoring ofStudentsCareer PreparationPreparing Students forGraduate School in Physicsand Related FieldsComing soon!Undergraduate ResearchInternshipsComing soon!How to Assess StudentLearning at the ProgramLevelComing soon!Implementing Research-BasedInstructional PracticesComing soon!Capstone ExperiencesComing soon!Introductory Courses forSTEM MajorsIntroductory Courses forLife Sciences MajorsComing soon!Upper-Level PhysicsCurriculumCourses for Non-STEM MajorsComing soon!Online EducationComing soon!Laboratory and ExperimentalSkillsComing soon!Computational SkillsCommunication SkillsComing soon!High School Physics TeacherPreparationIndividuated Degree TracksComing soon!Dual-Degree ProgramsComing soon!Community Engagement andOutreachComing soon!Undergraduate InstructionalAssistantsComing soon!How to Be an EffectiveChairHow to Create and SustainEffective ChangeComing soon!How to Create and Use aStrategic PlanComing soon!Departmental Culture andClimateComing soon!Equity, Diversity, andInclusionComing soon!EthicsComing soon!How to Undertake anUndergraduate ProgramReviewHow to Serve as anUndergraduate ProgramReviewerPhysical Environment:Encouraging Collaborationand LearningComing soon!

Textual Table of Contents

  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. Preparing Students for Graduate School in Physics and Related Fields - Coming Soon!
        3. Undergraduate Research
        4. Internships - Coming Soon!
    2. Curriculum And Pedagogy
      1. Assessment
        1. How to Assess Student Learning at the Program Level - Coming Soon!
      2. Pedagogy
        1. Implementing Research-Based Instructional Practices - Coming Soon!
        2. Capstone Experiences - Coming Soon!
      3. Course Design
        1. Introductory Courses for STEM Majors
        2. Introductory Courses for Life Sciences Majors - Coming Soon!
        3. Upper-Level Physics Curriculum
        4. Courses for Non-STEM Majors - Coming Soon!
        5. Online Education - Coming Soon!
      4. Skills
        1. Laboratory and Experimental Skills - Coming Soon!
        2. Computational Skills
        3. Communication Skills - Coming Soon!
    3. Programs
      1. Degree Tracks
        1. High School Physics Teacher Preparation
        2. Individuated Degree Tracks - Coming Soon!
        3. Dual-Degree Programs - Coming Soon!
      2. Student Engagement
        1. Community Engagement and Outreach - Coming Soon!
        2. Undergraduate Instructional Assistants - Coming Soon!
    4. Department
      1. Leadership
        1. How to Be an Effective Chair
        2. How to Create and Sustain Effective Change - Coming Soon!
        3. How to Create and Use a Strategic Plan - Coming Soon!
      2. People
        1. Departmental Culture and Climate - Coming Soon!
        2. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Coming Soon!
        3. Ethics - Coming Soon!
      3. Undergraduate Program Review
        1. How to Undertake an Undergraduate Program Review
        2. How to Serve as an Undergraduate Program Reviewer
      4. Operations
        1. Physical Environment: Encouraging Collaboration and Learning - Coming Soon!
  3. Resources
    1. How to Create and Use Departmental Foundational Documents - Coming Soon!
    2. Assessment Instruments - Coming Soon!
    3. Sample Documents for Assessment of Student Learning - Coming Soon!
    4. Departmental Review and Strategic Planning Timeline - Coming Soon!
    5. Topics a Department Might Explore in a Program Review - Coming Soon!
    6. Template for the Table of Contents of a Self-Study Report - Coming Soon!
    7. Sample Site Visit Agenda - Coming Soon!
    8. Creating SMART Goals - Coming Soon!
    9. Sample MOU for Engaging an External Consultant for Program Review - Coming Soon!
    10. Relevant Resources for First-Time Consultants - Coming Soon!
    11. Template for an External Consultants’ Report - Coming Soon!