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 Program Summary and Evaluation


I. The People: Leadership Team, Faculty and Staff, Counselors and Students

A.Leadership team: The year-round work of preparation for the 2017 Tennessee Governor's School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis was carried out by the assistant director, Ms. Angela Haga.

B.Faculty and staff: The for-credit faculty will consist of two (2) full-time East Tennessee State University faculty members: one from the Department of Mathematics, one from the Department of Biology. The faculty and staff biographies will be in Appendix A.

C.Counselors: Four East Tennessee State University students will serve as resident counselors. Since they have more contact with the Scholars than any other staff member, the counselors are a crucial part of the GSSM&DA program. Each of the four (4) counselors will be responsible for ten (10) scholars with one counselor acting as a resident "counselor at large". The biographies of the counselors will be in Appendix B.

D. Students: The 30 Scholars who will be attending will represent several of the 95 Tennessee counties. There will be male and female students who are rising juniors and seniors.   A statistical breakdown of the student body, including the counties from which the Scholars came, may be found in Appendix C.

II. The Program: Courses, Seminars and More

A.  Academic courses: There are two (2) academic courses offered, one at 9:15-12:00 noon and one in the afternoon 1:00-4:00pm. The curriculum is designed to expose the Scholars to a rich selection of mathematics and science courses consisting of general biology, symbiosis, and probability and statistics; descriptions of all of the courses will be in Appendix D.

B.  Plenary sessions: The plenary sessions will consist of Dr. Anant P. Godbole,  Ms. Haga, the counselors, and the GS scholars. The sessions will start at 9:00am and will be completed by 9:30am. The sessions will be held on Tuesday's of the five (5) week period.

C.  GS Scientific Models & Data Analysis Web site: Ms. Haga is in charge of the website and is updating it periodically with pertinent information regarding the upcoming 2018 Governor's School.

III. The Rest of the Experience: Culture, Fun, and Competition Embedded in Science

A. Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in the following field trips: The Gray Fossil Site in Gray, TN; Snap-On Tools in Elizabethton, TN:  ETSU Medical School Labs/Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN: Historic Jonesborough in Jonesborough, TN; Roan Mountain State Park in Roan Mountain, TN; Pisgah National Forest in Nebo, NC; Bays Mountain State Park in Kingsport, TN; Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN; Aerojet/Rocketdyne in Jonesborough, TN; and the Carter Family Fold and Museum in Hilton's, VA.

B. The staff will work hard to create a learning community, putting students together with each other as well as with the staff and GS Scientific Models & Data Analysis faculty in informal settings such as project group meetings, open time, activities with counselors, and the plenary meetings.

C. The food services provider will be Sodexo who will be preparing the meals while the scholars are on campus (breakfast, lunch, dinner). The opening and closing banquets will also contribute a sense of formality and accomplishment to the program; Scholars will have the opportunity to speak at the closing banquet which will be held at the Centre at Millennium Park in Ballroom A here in Johnson City.

D. An ice cream and cake party celebrating the Scholar birthdays falling within the School will provide a brief escape from the students' studies.

E. A memory "Yearbook" featuring pictures taken throughout the Governor's School program will be created by Ms. Haga and will be given to all of the Scholars and counselors for a keepsake at the closing luncheon.

F. Ms. Haga will also compile the photos that will be taken during the five (5) week Governor's School program into a "Movie" w/music that will be shown during the closing ceremonies and she will incorporate the photos (movie) onto a DVD that will be mailed to all the graduating scholars and counselors at a later date.

IV. The Results: Scholar Evaluations

The Scholars' satisfaction with the 2017 GS Scientific Models & Data Analysis program will be reflected in the overall rating of the program, with a certain percentage of the Scholars rating the program as either "excellent" (5) or "very good" (4)—a cumulative rating of 4.00 out of 5. Evaluations of various aspects of the program will be rated as follows:  

Example:

A. Overall Program: 4.43 / 5

B. Academic component/workload: 5.00 / 5

C. Faculty/courses: 4.50 / 5

D. Counselors: 3.33 / 5

E. On-Campus meals: 2.17 / 5

F. Dormitory Lodging: 4.60 / 5

Student Evaluation comment results will be attached as Appendix E. Virtually all of the Scholars wrote specific responses to the "overall feedback" question on the evaluation. A complete, unedited text of those comments will be attached, with the numerical specifics, as Appendix F.


V. The Strengths: Four Keys to Successful Outcomes

A.  A dedicated, talented, and interested faculty and staff who enjoy working with these gifted and talented rising juniors and seniors.

B.  Highly motivated students. All thirty (30) Scholars' who will began the program will complete it. Each of the thirty (30) Scholars will earn the full seven (7) hours of credit.

C.  The successful class for Scientific Models and Data Analysis is a for-credit program, which includes academic and interpersonal/social components. A full percent of the students thought the balance of activities will be "Excellent", "Very Good," or "Good" and the university courses offered are carefully selected as likely to "count" as part of the general education requirements at virtually any institution the students might later attend.

D.  The work of the executive director Dr. Anant P. Godbole, the instructors, professors, counselors and, especially, the GS Scientific Models & Data Analysis assistant director, Ms. Angela Haga.

VI. Conclusion

This Governor's School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis program will be highly successful. We will have a challenging curriculum, an enthusiastic faculty and staff, and a gifted and talented group of Scholars. The Governor's Schools are among Tennessee's best investments, and the entire Scientific Models and Data Analysis team is already looking forward to an even better program in 2018.

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