Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Securing the resources to turn a good idea into reality

November 15, 2004

Knowing how to seek and secure financial support for the development, implementation and assessment of good ideas is important wisdom for agents of change--those working to transform individual courses and labs and those pursuing initiatives that will transform the systems at the departmental, program, or institutional levels.

The November 2004 postings for PKAL Volume IV deal with the various issues relating to budget and finance. They range from advice on how to make critical investments in faculty at different career stages to offering a template by which deans and others with budget authority can "plan-out" institutional investments that support the collective building of a strong faculty. The emphasis on faculty signals this as the greatest capital investment along the journey toward achieving institutional distinction.

The other capital investment is in the physical infrastructure. Several design professionals associated with PKAL offer their insights on how to think through and plan investments in physical spaces. These spaces enable change agents to incorporate new pedagogies and technologies into courses and labs and to recognize the kind of learning community that ensures student success.

We begin this week with essays on some of the "nuts & bolts" issues related to seeking and securing gifts and grants. The first, from Sandra Glass--a highly regarded philanthropic consultant--speaks about the best practices in initiating and following through on contacts with private funding agencies, an essay reflective of her experience with the W. M. Keck Foundation. The second essay continues the advice given by Peter Facione in a previous Volume IV posting on ways to work with and through the internal processes for seeking external support. Both these essays are road maps at any career stage for faculty and administrators who are intent on transforming the system.