About Networks & PKAL

"We must collaborate. The time is too short and the task too great to do otherwise."

This prescient admonition was given to the PKAL community in 1991 by George E. Brown, speaking from his position as Chair of the Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives to the 1st PKAL National Colloquium.

Over the past decade, much more has been learned about the power and potential of networks as catalysts for reform, with the experience of a host of networks making a difference in the quality of undergraduate STEM programs. These networks are both the cause and effect of successful efforts toward reform, as increasing numbers of change agents are becoming visible in disciplinary, interdisciplinary and virtual communities. (See - Faculty and Scholarly Networks Excerpt from Then, Now, & In the Next Decade).

Recognizing the power and potential of networks, PKAL has outlined a three-year series of coordinated activities to identify, build and connect networks around the country. With support from FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education), PKAL is bringing new networks online in a select number of geographic regions, enhancing the work of existing networks and collaborations within disciplinary and interdisciplinary communities, and focusing on developing virtual communities of practice.