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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.
Characteristics of Ideal Spaces for Science
Arriving at spaces for science that serve your community well for years to come requires both knowing what questions to ask and having a vision of what might be. We present a series of questions raised by institutional teams entering into the planning process, as well as a statement of the collective vision of PKAL leaders about the ideal 21st century science building, accompanied by a survey which can be used by individual campuses to determine their collective vision about facilities that serve their community.

What Works Statements

What Works: Building Robust Interdisciplinary Programs


Creating a research-rich curriculum at Miami University
William Rauckhorst
Miami University has attempted in recent years to build upon a collection of student research participation opportunities at the University, and develop a comprehensive "research-rich” undergraduate curriculum. A major step in this direction was the creation in 1995 of the Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS) program.
Excerpts from the NRC Report Bio2010
"Biological concepts and models are becoming more quantitative, and biological research has become critically dependent on concepts and methods drawn from other scientific disciplines. The connections between the biological sciences and the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science are rapidly becoming deeper and more extensive. The ways that scientists communicate, interact, and collaborate are undergoing equally rapid and dramatic transformations..."


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.

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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.


A PKAL essay: Investing in faculty - Ways and means
In the process of setting forth an institutional vision, primary attention must be given to the character and quality of the faculty. A clear understanding of the why and the how of investing in faculty must be an integral part of the strategic planning process.
Another Way to Articulate Community
Budgeting: STEM facilities in an integrated planning context
Arthur J. Lidsky
Many institutions segregate their planning into three spheres: budgetary, academic, and campus and facility planning. Arthur Lidsky explains that it is necessary to integrate these three plans and communicate ideas and vision with all those involved with the project. Including two exhibits outlining revenues and expenses of the institution and the costs of a project, this essay guides STEM facility planners towards a collaborative and comprehensive new facility plan. # The architect's perspective: Budgeting and financing for STEM facilities
Building a community of leaders: The PKAL F21 Experience
Jeanne L. Narum
The challenge for leaders -- current and rising -- is to build an environment in which ideas flourish, are shared openly and freely, and where risks are taken, and the possibility of failure is acceptable: a community in which people of good faith have come together around a common vision and sense of purpose
Indiana University Faculty Leadership Model
Susan Sciame-Giesecke
A description of the formal program involving all eight campuses of the Indiana University system focused on developing- within the ranks of faculty- leaders as teachers, scholars and campus citizens. The premises of the program are that:
  • faculty leadership is non-positional
  • faculty leaders generate and direct energy
  • faculty leaders are accountable for outcomes
  • faculty leaders base action on information
  • faculty leaders create networking
  • faculty leaders build toward agreement
  • faculty leaders are emergent and flexible
  • faculty leaders shape discourse
  • faculty leaders are willing to take risks.
Linking departmental & institutional mission: The Morehouse experience
J.K. Haynes
Building a strong department from the foundation of a solid vision that drives all planning and assessment is the key to the success of the biology department at Morehouse College.
Obtaining STEM support from private foundations: A team approach
Sandra A. Glass
In order to receive support from private foundations, it is important to form teams of faculty, administrators, and development officers within the campus community. With varied expertise, the team members target specific foundations, learn about their grants and levels of support, and write a proposal. Following the steps and advice in Sandra Glass's essay will help any campus team to identify how to work together successfully and to receive funding from private foundations.
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.
Realizing a Learner-Centered Environment
An Essay
Jeanne L. Narum
Research from the field of cognitive science provides one answer to two fundamental questions facing today's leaders intent on creating a learner-centered environment: 1) why is such an environment needed; 2) how can such an environment be realized?
Reflecting on faculty requests for funds
Roger E. Thibault
This commentary on Facione's essay provides some further insights into understanding the process for requesting funds and highlights the key administrative players who can provide the budgetary support for your ideas.
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.
Working toward and ensuring the success of African American students in STEM fields
Freeman A. Hrabowski III
The identifiable elements that contribute to systemic and sustainable reform are all visible in the learning environment at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). This institution is nationally-recognized for the strength of its science/engineering programs and for its effectiveness in working as a community to ensure the success of all students– particularly African American students– in the study of STEM fields.

Case Studies

Negotiating budgets and faculty lines in difficult times
C. Gary Reiness
Green College faces challenges with obtaining resources for its science departments. Based on an external review of the college, administrators and faculty must decide on how to handle the "bad review" of the environmental science program.

Books & Publications

"Nature Justly Viewed" in A Free and Ordered Space: The Real World of the University
As the Yale Freshman Address, this speech by President A. Bartlett Giamatti describes how liberal education, which develops the search for "seeing the truth humanely and wholly," defines a great university.

Best Ideas

Roundtable Jigsaw Group C

Fundraising Activities
Loon University
Daniel F. Sullivan
Loon University's standing for science and math education has recently decreased. The faculty from the science and math division, therefore, decide to campaign amongst the administration for funding to achieve the goal of creating an interdisciplinary, technology-rich, science for all learning environment.