Shaping General Education Programs Focused on Scientific and Quantitative Literacy
The 2003 PKAL Assemblies
What Works - What Matters - What Lasts: The Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in Undergraduate STEM

November 7 - 9, 2003

SENCER: Science Education for Civic Engagements and ResponsibilityAAC&U
American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD)

Friday, November 7, 2003
New York University
12:00 - 3:00 pm Registration

12:15 - 2:30 pm Pre-assembly Meeting and Luncheon for Assembly Leaders/Presenters

3:00 - 3:30 pm Welcoming remarks
Jeanne L. Narum, Director- Project Kaleidoscope
Matthew S. Santirocco, Dean- College of Arts and Science, New York University

3:30 - 4:00 pm Opening keynote address
George Campbell, President- Cooper Union

4:00 - 5:00 pm Panel discussion: Science at the center of a liberal arts education
Karen Oates, Professor of Integrative Studies- George Mason University and Senior Science Fellow- AAC&U (SENCER)

Mauri A. Ditzler, Dean of the College & Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts- Wabash College
Richard Guarasci, President- Wagner College
  • Does curricular action match faculty rhetoric?
  • Is there a two-way intellectual exchange between the humanities and sciences?
  • How do course assignment goals relate to broad-based course goals?

5:00 - 5:45 pm Participant cluster group breakout
At the start of the assembly all participants will be assigned a cluster group designation based on their interests and scholarship. During this initial breakout, members of the group will begin to think about how they will be shaping their agenda for action during the remainder of the assembly.

6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner

7:00 - 8:30 pm Spotlight on the host institutions:
New York University and New School University

The conference co-organizers from NYU and NSU will give a brief overview of their general science programs and answer questions from the audience.
Karen Oates, Professor of Integrative Studies- George Mason University and Senior Science Fellow- AAC&U (SENCER)
Saturday, November 8, 2003
New York University
8:30 - 9:45 am Breakfast session: Building programs and spaces
A presentation by faculty members at Drury University on the development of their interdisciplinary core curriculum in mathematics and science for non-majors and the design of instructional spaces to promote active learning.
Donald G. Deeds, Professor of Biology, Department of Biology- Drury University
Bruce Callen, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physics- Drury University
Mark Wood, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry- Drury University
Charles Allen, Professor, Department of Mathematics- Drury University

9:45 - 11:00 am Teaching and learning workshops - Session A
Participants will choose from one of the following concurrent sessions:

11:00 - 11:15 am Break

11:15 am - 12:30 pm Teaching and Learning Workshops - Session B
Participants will choose from one of the following concurrent sessions:

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 - 3:30 pm Poster session
This time is devoted to participants' posters that showcase educational innovations or best practices at their home institutions

3:30 - 4:45 pm Teaching and learning workshops - Session C
Participants will choose from one of the following concurrent sessions:

4:45 - 5:00 pm Break

5:00 - 6:00 pm Cluster groups work on action plan

6:00 pm Participants will be given a list of local restaurants and activities that they are free to pursue on their own
Sunday, November 9, 2003
New School University
8:30 - 9:30 am Breakfast: Cluster groups work on action plan

9:30 - 10:00 am Plenary address
Bob Kerrey, President, New School University
Bob Kerrey is a former United States Senator who is supporting an expansion of general science education at New School University. Kerrey has an undergraduate degree in pharmacology and sees STEM as a central part of liberal arts education.

10:00 - 11:00 am Faculty development workshop and building networks for continuing collaboration
This is an important feature of all PKAL 2003 Assemblies and will focus on issues of professional development, developing leadership skills, implementing curricular reform within one's institution, and making connections with other institutions and individuals. Comments will be gathered from working groups with respect to the general "What Works for General Science and Math Education" document. Participants will also discuss the development of local networks and the implementation of PKAL projects.

11:00 - 11:15 am Break

11:30 - 12:00 pm Posters of individual and cluster group action plans

12:00 pm Closing remarks
Jeanne Narum, Director- Project Kaleidoscope