FCI Seminar Series: Supporting Student Equity by Supporting Faculty and the Instructional System
At UC Davis we are focused on supporting systemic change to improve undergraduate student outcomes. We are using a locally generated Cycle of Progress for sustainable change that consist of 4 cyclical phases - Awareness, Understanding, Action, Reflection, and repeat.
Realizing there have many efforts focused on students but far fewer focused on helping faculty and departmental faculty leaders, we saw a need to help faculty better understand who their students are. In our efforts, we developed an approach to communicating student outcomes that looked at the intersectionality of first generation, low income and race/ethnicity variables on student short term and long term outcomes globally at our university. We are now extending the approach to course sequences in departments and individual faculty in their classrooms. This approach is guiding us in working collaboratively with faculty while enhancing the use of existing resources to improve learning opportunities for students who have had limited opportunity prior to coming to our institution.