The Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) Project, led by the American Physical Society (APS), in collaboration with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), aims to help physics programs respond to challenges they already face with a collection of knowledge, experience, and proven good practice. The EP3 Project began with the creation of the Best Practices for Undergraduate Physics Programs task force in 2016, charged by the APS Council with developing a guide for self-assessment of undergraduate physics programs founded on documented best practices linked to measurable outcomes. The EP3 Guide will allow programs to create, improve, and assess their individual programs in a way that can respond to local constraints, resources, and opportunities, while being informed by current research and good practice within the discipline. The Guide will include both a set of effective practices, and a guide for self-evaluation suitable for departmental review. It will include considerations of curricula, pedagogy, advising, mentoring, recruitment and retention, research and internship opportunities, diversity, scientific skill development, career/workforce preparation, staffing, resources, and faculty professional development.
In addition to creating the EP3 Guide, the project will train physics program leaders and reviewers in how to use the Guide through workshops and online communities, conduct research on the impact of the Guide, and develop a plan for ongoing review and improvement of the Guide under the oversight of the APS Committee on Education (COE), with input and guidance from AAPT.