Establish a Physics Collaborative Learning Program (CLP) at Saint Vincent College

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Dear Dean Jodis and Dr. Maize,

Attached is a petition signed by Saint Vincent College students who believe in the need for the establishment of a Physics Collaborative Learning Program. All of those who signed are students who have taken Physics without the aid of a CLP program or students that have yet to take the Physics course required for their academic program.

We as members of the Saint Vincent College student body believe strongly in the effectiveness of the Collaborative Learning Program in benefitting students pursuing their studies in various STEM fields. The Collaborative Learning Program or CLP offer many benefits to students. The availability of CLP sessions provides students with busy schedules an hour of directed study in which they can address areas of weakness in their understanding of course material. CLP facilitators provide worksheets or exam review sheets to “test” students on their current level of knowledge. Participation in CLP allows students to gauge their competence in the course and direct their studying to areas of weakness. Students are taught by CLP facilitators who have been in their shoes, how to “study smarter not harder,” a practice essential to time management in college. By studying strategically and focusing mainly on areas of weakness, students save time which can then be devoted to studying other courses or pursuing extracurricular interests.

All of these benefits are essential for the development of a well-rounded student, one not only prepared to succeed academically but also socially and professionally as students make the post-collegiate transition. Studies have repeatedly shown that students who attend CLP regularly perform better in the course. Participating students also have the potential to perform better in other courses. Physics is a course which is growing in necessity as the engineering major, both 3-2 Math/Engineering and Engineering Science, become increasingly popular.

Numerous other STEM majors, in addition to Physics and Engineering, have a Physics requirement. Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology, and Biochemistry are a few of many programs popular within the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing which require the completion of at least one Physics course. We believe that there is a definite need for the funding and establishment of a Physics Collaborative Learning Program due to the many benefits listed above and the need for a thorough understanding of Physics for majors within the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing.

Sincerely,

Jordan M. Joseph
Benedictine Leadership Study
Student Government Association, Sophomore Class Senator
Saint Vincent College Circle K, President
Habitat for Humanity, Vice-President
Engineering Club, Event Coordinator



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