"Backwards" Redesign of a Non-Majors Biology Course at a Two-Year College
Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) is a two-year open-access college, and is the second-largest technical college in Georgia. Instructors teaching Biology I play a major role in educating STEM and non-STEM majors in scientific literacy. To increase retention and success rates of Biology I students, three GTC biology faculty collaborated to redesign the course using a curriculum model best fitting the Backward Design method. There was a statistically significant increase in the number of students passing the course, and a decrease in DFW rates. Further analysis showed that first-year students, traditional-aged students, and minority students benefitted most from this redesign.
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