I invite you to view this TED talk by Freeman Hrabowski, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on the Pillars of Science Success in College. What I found interesting in his speech is not the academic prep alone, but the emphasis is on the culture we create in our classroom. First, he emphasizes high expectations. Then, he emphasizes building a sense of community with students, providing labs experience and research opportunities for students, and faculty interested in science need to engage with the students.
What do you think about his 4 pillars? Do you agree or disagree? Or what would you add to this list?