Town Hall Meeting Feb. 25 to Discuss GEMS, the math and science intiative
Feb. 21, 2008
The University will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the GEMS project at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the Texas Instruments Auditorium inside the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
The University has produced a comprehensive plan called GEMS—Gateways to Excellence in Math and Science. Over the next five years, the GEMS initiative will revise the curricula and teaching methods for gateway courses in chemistry and calculus.
Students and faculty are encouraged to come and ask questions. Student drawings will be held for two free iPod Shuffles, and other door prizes will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Snacks will also be served.
GEMS grew out of a yearlong discussion by faculty, students and administrators on how the University can directly improve one area of student learning outcomes. This process is known as a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and is one of the requirements for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
UT Dallas President David E. Daniel will kick off the town hall meeting with a short overview of GEMS. Following his talk will be more in-depth discussions from Robert Nelsen, vice provost for academic affairs; Abby Kratz, assistant provost for academic affairs; John Sibert, associate professor of chemistry; and Michael Coleman, dean of undergraduate education.
Media contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155.