PSIO 101: AN ANALYSIS OF THE COURSE’S ABILITY TO FOSTER STUDENT SUCCESS AND FURTHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractStudent success has become a heavily explored topic in recent academic literature, due to the variety of definitions it carries among different populations of students. PSIO 101, an introductory physiology course at the University of Arizona, was introduced in the Fall of 2019 to provide first-year students with the tools necessary to achieve subjective versions of success. Specifically, the class has been able to help them in developing skills that will help them thrive in professional settings, becoming more confident and comfortable in their abilities, and forming a sense of community among peers they will be surrounded by for years to come. In the process, it is anticipated that this class can help the Department of Physiology with improving student retention. This analysis has been done with the help of literature pertaining to beneficial classroom techniques and data collected through an anonymous survey. The results generally found that PSIO 101 not only helped students reach their own levels of success, but also helped them become more prepared for the upper-division Physiology curriculum and the abilities usually required of them in the process. The hope is for these results to be used in future analyses that explore student retention in further detail.
Degree ProgramPhysiology and Medical Sciences