Documents relevant to V&C

  • Increasing Student Success in STEM: A Guide to Systemic Institutional Change - This AAC&U publication is for faculty, administrators, and other academic leaders who are poised to mount comprehensive STEM reforms to improve student learning and success, particularly for students from underrepresented groups. Based on the experiences of teams at eleven colleges and universities participating in the Keck/Project Kaleidoscope STEM Education Effectiveness Framework project, the guide contains advice on getting started, team and leader development, project management, and sustaining change. Increasing Student Success in STEM also includes benchmarks, key questions for analysis, timeline information, challenge alerts to help anticipate common roadblocks, and a rubric to help campus teams gauge their progress. Examples from case studies developed by campus teams who participated in the project provide real-world illustrations.
  • Vision and Change: A Call to Action (2011) - This is THE document that drives many significant undergraduate biology education reform efforts. This Vision and Change (V&C) manifesto is a call to action that provides specific recommendations to focus reforms on student centered learning, research and inquiry-based pedagogy, and learning outcomes that prepare students to be biologically literate in this new century.
  • Achieving Systemic Change - This sourcebook by The Coalition for Reform of Undergraduate STEM Education is intended as a useful resource for all who have a stake in creating STEM solutions for US society. It addresses the rationale for investing in systemic change throughout higher education, identifies critical areas for investment, and provides pointers to key reports and current STEM education reform efforts.
  • Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists - From the National Academies Press, this document presents strong arguments for transforming undergraduate training in order to produce graduates ready to tackle future research needs. From the document: "Given the profound changes in the nature of biology and how biological research is performed and communicated, each institution of higher education should reexamine its current courses and teaching approaches (as described in this report) to see if they meet the needs of today’s undergraduate biology students. Those selecting the new approaches should consider the importance of building a strong foundation in mathematics, physical, and information sciences to prepare students for research that is increasingly interdisciplinary in character. The implementation of new approaches should be accompanied by a parallel process of assessment, to verify that progress is being made toward the institutional goal of student learning."
  • PKAL Documents (From Project Kaleidoscope): Advancing what works in STEM education - A rich collection of documents useful to Vision and Change and the PULSE initiative: assessment, leadership, pedagogies, outreach and collaborations.
  • Leadership Toolkit (PKAL)
    From Project Kaleidoscope's Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts
             - On Leadership in STEM
             - Characteristics of the Ideal Department
             A. Serving Students and Learning
             B. Enhancing Faculty Careers
             C. Connecting to Emerging Scientific and Technological Fields
             D. Building a Collaborating Natural Science Community
             A. Leadership Initiatives
             B. Stories from Campuses
  • A Departmental Thermometer: A PKAL tool - This is a check-list from which leaders can determine the “temperature” of their community in regard to serving all students. The check-list is adapted from a survey prepared by mathematicians Sylvia Bozeman of Spelman College and Ted Vessey of St. Olaf College.

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