Image of academic building on Brandeis University campus. Photo by Andrew Baxter | The Justice
Image of academic building on Brandeis University campus. Photo by Andrew Baxter | The Justice

Justice, one class at a time: The biology department’s fight to revolutionize assessments in STEM

While the Justice League is focused on general STEM retention, many of its members hope specifically that their models will be more inclusive to neurodiverse students who might have different needs and learning styles.


It’s 8 a.m. on a crisp October morning. A beautiful day for dog walkers and leaf-peepers, but for students of Biology 15B, or “Cells and Organisms,” it’s the day of their first exam. However, this test is different. Gerstenzang 122, the Biology 15B lecture hall, is nearly empty. No, the students of Biology 15B are not skipping the test. A majority first-year class, they would not dare to do so. As long as they are not working together, the students are free to take the test wherever they please, whether that be in their dorm, the library or their favorite booth in Sherman Dining Hall. Read more…


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