Volume VI: Issue I, No. 2

Conversations Current and Emerging within the PKAL Community

From the PKAL –coordinated sessions at the 2010 AAC&U annual meeting:

  • Transforming undergraduate STEM: Dimensions of Leadership

    Participants in this pre-meeting workshop engaged with case studies exploring three dimensions of leadership: at the institutional level, the personal level, and within the AAC&U context.

    The session began with reflections on the history of PKAL by Founding Director Jeanne L. Narum , and the case study discussions were facilitated by Neal Abraham, Executive Director- Five Colleges, Inc; Judy Dilts, Associate Dean of the College of Science & Mathematics- James Madison University; and Susan Elrod, Director- Project Kaleidoscope. The final activity offered participants to consider one or two personal leadership opportunities to advance the process of transforming STEM learning on their home campus.
  • A kaleidoscope of perspectives on student learning goals

    One essential conversations that must take place and engage diverse groups of individuals on a campus is about the processes of setting learning goals, designing curricular and institutional structures that serve those goals, and assessing student progress toward achieving those goals. Over the past decade, more and more people have become deeply engaged in conversations about assessment of learning, at the level of individual institutions and within the broader community of stakeholders.

    This session focused on results and strategies from national efforts, such as NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement); the Wabash National Study; AAC&U’s VALUE rubrics and at the campus level, Research on Integrated Science Curriculum. For more information on this session, including presentations by Jillian Kinzie, NSSE; Charles Blaich, Wabash College; James Swartz, Grinnell College, and Ashley Finley, AAC&U, see AAC&U Liberal Education Nation Blog post.


AAC&U meetings and workshops incorporating attention to student learning in STEM fields