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Reducing the Racial Achievement Gap: A Social-Psychological Intervention

Abstract: Two randomized field experiments tested a social-psychological intervention designed to improve minority student performance and increase our understanding of how psychological threat mediates performance in chronically evaluative real-world environments. We...

A Brief Social-Belonging Intervention Improves Academic and Health Outcomes of Minority Students

Abstract: A brief intervention aimed at buttressing college freshmen’s sense of social belonging in school was tested in a randomized controlled trial (N = 92), and its academic and health-related consequences over 3 years are reported. The intervention aimed to...

Stereotype Threat Widens Achievement Gap

Reminders of stereotyped inferiority hurt test scores. Read Article Here

Transparency Isn’t Spoon-Feeding: How a Transformative Approach to the Use of Explicit Assessment Criteria Can Support Student Self-Regulation

If little care is taken when establishing clear assessment requirements, there is the potential for spoon-feeding. However, in this conceptual article we argue that transparency in assessment is essential to providing equality of opportunity and promoting students’...

Increased Structure and Active Learning Reduce the Achievement Gap in Introductory Biology

Abstract: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instructors have been charged with improving the performance and retention of students from diverse backgrounds. To date, programs that close the achievement gap between students from disadvantaged versus...

Strategic Questioning Manual

In these days of constant change, and the need for even more change if we are to live peacefully in a healthy environment, we ask ourselves: "How can our organization weather the tides of constant reorganization and restructuring and still maintain a clear vision of...

Looking Back on a Life of Unacknowledged Privilege and a Call to Action

Abstract: The year 2020 provided a wake-up call about the role systemic racism plays in shaping our nation and shaping science. While hard work and great mentors helped bring me a long way from a farm in Minnesota, it’s become much clearer that the privilege of being...

Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines

Abstract: The gender imbalance in STEM subjects dominates current debates about women’s underrepresentation in academia. However, women are well represented at the Ph.D. level in some sciences and poorly represented in some humanities (e.g., in 2011, 54% of U.S....

Selected Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) for Getting Feedback on Student Learning

“Classroom assessment helps individual college teachers obtain useful feedback on what, how much, and how well their students are learning. Faculty [and GSIs] can then use this information to refocus their teaching to help students make their learning more efficient...

Designing Purposeful Pathways for Student Achievement through Transparency and Problem-Centered Learning

Abstract: Building on this insight, AAC&U foregrounds helping students develop as intentional learners as a guiding principle within the ABOUT TG Created by the Texas Legislature in 1979, TG is a public, nonprofit corporation that promotes educational access and...