Managing Change

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Worksheets & Tools

A Guide for Institution-Wide Planning
A Worksheet
Jeanne L. Narum
Getting a community to collaborate is easier when everyone is clear about the issues that to be addressed, in particular the essential need for a driving vision, and understands the sequence and series of issues that must be addressed. This worksheet is one approach to keeping the community focused during the months it takes to arrive at and realize their dreams.


A synthesis of recommendations from Keck/PKAL Consultancies: Dealing with dysfunctional departments
Identifying what does not work is sometimes as important to efforts to build strong STEM departments and programs as knowing what works (see stories posted 02/06/04 from the undergraduate physics project SPIN-UP). Most problems facing departmental leaders have been identified and addressed in other settings: attrition after first-year courses; little or no administrative support; "ownership" of specific courses. Bringing an outside voice to the discussions is sometimes helpful, as illustrated by this report summarized from several Keck/PKAL consultancies.


Cycles in curriculum planning
John E. Kolb, Gary A. Gabriele, Sharon Roy
A chapter in the SCUP publication Technology-Driven Planning: Principles to Practice, edited by Judith V. Boettcher, Mary M. Doyle, and Richard W. Jensen, this essay serves as an accompaniment to the presentation above and provides insight into the RPI story and the institution's change in curriculum, computers, and teaching styles.

Keck Consultation Reports

A Chemistry Department's Desire to Increase Visibility
The Keck/PKAL Consultation Program
The chemistry department at this liberal arts college in the southwest has been recognized for its continual pursuit of excellence. However, the department wants to increase the visibility of and enrollment in the department. Several steps were identified that will contribute to and add to the success of the department.
Curricular Planning Must Come First
The Keck/PKAL Consultation Program
A thoughtful and well-articulated vision for teaching science is the most important element of a successful building project.
Re-creating a Successful Biology Program
The Keck/PKAL Consultation Program
Consultants were asked to evaluate the biology program at this private institution in the northeast. They evaluated core course requirements, upper-level courses, assessment tools for student learning, and the over-arching goals for biology majors in the program. The following recommendations will enable the institution to produce successful graduates that have many career options following graduation.
Sustaining Commitment to Facilities Planning
The Keck/PKAL Consultation Program
One southern campus had been engaged in a ‘fits and starts’ approach to thinking about new spaces, and needed help in thinking about ways to maintain the current momentum.


A Novel Strategy for Assessing the Effects of Curriculum Reform on Student Competence
Susan B. Millar, Paul H. Williams
Credible assessment is crucial to the success of any curricular reform efforts whose goals are to improve student learning and skill development. A new strategy designed to determine whether changes in student learning and skill development are measurable.
A PKAL essay: Guidelines for effective collaborations
Undergraduate Natural Science Communities, 1995. It is important when committees are established to tackle critical issues, there are common expectations within the group as to how the committee will function.
An essay: Asking the right questions
John C. Warner
"The key to quality chemistry education is not teaching the right answers, but teaching how to ask the right questions." A personal story.
Assembling Collaborating Communities
An Essay
Jeanne L. Narum
Taking the kaleidoscopic perspective on institutional transformation requires examining how the changing context calls for different kinds of collaborating communities pursuing new visions of institutional distinction.
Comment on the essay, Faculty and the politics of change
Anne M. Houtman
Anne Houtman adds to UWF's essay, Faculty and the politics of change, by reminding faculty not to forget the often overlooked steps necessary for implementing change.
Examining Unexpected Challenges Facing Department Chairs
It is of paramount importance for institutions to recognize the importance of departmental chairs and to cultivate their leadership abilities.
Faculty and the Politics of Change
Jane S. Halonen, Leonard W. ter Haar, George Ellenberg
A team from the University of West Florida describes some of its strategies designed to accomplish serious curricular changes. These changes would strengthen STEM learning on UWF's campus, which facilitates the collaborative "top-down" and "bottom-up" action that is the most effective means to realize meaningful change. The insights of Jane S. Halonen, Leonard W. ter Haar, and George Ellenberg suggest lessons learned in trying to promote an alliance for the sciences that shed some light on the politics of change.
Mission and vision for the sciences at Brooklyn College
Frank Grasso, Peter Lesser, Eleanor Miele, Theodore Raymond Muth, Simon Parsons, Louise Hainline
Transforming the undergraduate STEM learning begins with a clear vision grounded firmly in the institutional mission. This statement of mission and vision from Brooklyn College illustrates the power of a driving vision to mobilize a community to dream big about its future, in the context of planning new spaces for science. Brooklyn College is a PKAL Leadership Institution.
On Leadership In STEM
Presentation by P. Uri Treisman to the Project Kaleidoscope Leadership Committee
P. Uri Treisman
Leadership in disseminating ideas about reforms and about the process of reform is key to the strength of the 21st century undergraduate STEM community. In this essay, Treisman identifies his notion of "leadership" and he concludes that successful leaders inspire people to work collectively for the greater good.
Science across the curriculum - The Binghamton University Story
Albert H. Tricomi
In 1996, Binghamton University inaugurated its first General Education Program for all students. The process of discussing and approving requirements for this program had an immediate and a lasting effect on how students on our campus experience learning in mathematics and science.
The politics and process of change: institutional building-planning teams
Cahal Stephens, Charles J. Kirby, Leila Kamal AIA, Kenneth Lee Ellis
Design professionals, engaging with campus communities to dream about, design, and construct new spaces for science, are experienced with bringing people together around a common vision, gaining the strong sense of shared understanding, accomplishment, and institutional loyalty that leads to a productive outcome for their work: ". . .it is essential that good decisions are made, as the consequences of poor decisions can be far-reaching in both time and money, as well as on the institutional mission over the long-term." Colleagues from the Science Facilities Planning and Design Group at Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Cahal Stephens, Charles Kirby, Leila Kamal and Kip Ellis, share their insights.
The politics of change: creating a risk-taking campus culture
Lisa B. Lewis
Based on the essay Faculty and the Politics of Change and her own experiences, Lisa Lewis describes the critical characteristics of a campus that supports change and risk. She also emphasizes how faculty and administration must develop a similar language in achieving a vision of change.