Shaping a Vision

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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.


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.
Key characteristics of good departmental leadership
Lee W. Willard
By creating a coalition around issues relating to intellectual life and intellectual curiosity, an academic leader can help develop a broad commitment to a vision that links to greater institutional goals.

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Book excerpt-
"I talk about my transformation as a teacher through my work with ChemLinks and creation of ChemConnections modules. I talk about the risks, rewards, strategies, surprises, and struggle to deal with student resistance and defying disciplinary norms."
Excerpt from Astronomy Education Review, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2004.

Keck Consultation Reports

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.


A Frog Journey, and Other Stories of Wisdom and Leadership
Karan Watson
Stories from Dr. Watson's Cherokee tradition presented at the PKAL LI Leadership Seminar at Trinity University in March of 2006.
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 report from the undergraduate physics community
Robert C. Hilborn
Three national physics societies, with support from the ExxonMobil Foundation, collaborated in identifying how certain undergraduate physics departments are achieving success in increasing the numbers, persistence and success of students. The chair of the project (Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics: SPINUP), Robert Hilborn of Amherst College, reports on their findings: that what works is a challenging but supportive academic program, strong and sustained departmental leadership, with continuing experimentation and evaluation built into the process of curricular transformation.
Another Way to Articulate Community
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.
Communication, Communication, Communication
Connecting Assessment to Enhance Student Learning
Donna L. Sundre
In the real estate profession, the mantra is "location, location, location." In most other pursuits, an advisable mantra might be "communication, communication, communication." The prudence of academic leaders adopting such a mantra in the instance of assessment of student learning is easily illustrated by even the most fleeting review of institutional case studies where false starts, strong beginnings accompanied by equally strong fizzles, and outright "no-go's" are evident.
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.
Fund Development for Science (STEM) Facilities: The Role of the President
James Appleton
Informed Participation and Empowerment - From Leadership
Ernesto Arias, Hal Eden, Gerhard Fischer, Andrew Gorman, Eric (ENDPOINT) Scharff
This essay from Leadership addresses the issues involved in empowering individuals to take an active role in transforming systems by encouraging the system's users to become owners of the problems.
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.
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 Planning Process: Campus & Facility Planning
Essay: Arthur J. Lidsky
Arthur J. Lidsky
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.
What is Leadership?
An Essay
Jeanne L. Narum
At its essence, leading is all about relationships - growing the connections among individuals that permit collective, collaborative thinking and action. Leaders motivate, join forces in articulating a common vision and goals, and support others in conceiving and implementing plans for action.
Why Change?
Robert E. Megginson
Why is Change Necessary for American Academic Institutions?
G. Doyle Daves

A President's Perspective: Fund Development for Science Facilities
James Appleton