In This Writing Assignment, Students Tell Their Professor How to Improve Their Education
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Chuck Tryon is not alone in feeling that a wide gulf sometimes separates him from his students. Many undergrads at Fayetteville State University, a historically black college, are first generation, former military, or working adults. That wasn't his experience in college. And graduate school, he says, frequently fails to prepare future instructors to teach in diverse classrooms.
Tryon's solution was to come up with a writing assignment in which he asked students how they would change either his course or their university’s “educational mission.” Their ideas have fostered conversations on such topics as mental health, financial literacy, and creating an engaged classroom.