Developing the F21 Vision of the Future: Revisited...
Throughout the Assembly weekend, F21 members and participating 'village elders' will collaborate in the collective production of a major F21 report. This will set forth F21 recommendations to the larger national communities of stakeholders in regard to institutional transformation in the service of STEM reform. (The Saturday sessions will provide ideas and insights to extend and define more specifically the recommendations drafted on Friday evening.)
This anticipated report is a major new initiative for the F21 community, one that is timely. Since the first F21 Class in 1994, there are now nearly 1200 F21 members, all faculty identified by a senior administrator as poised for leadership at the local and national level. A significant percentage of F21 members are now vice presidents, deans or associate deans, chairs of critical campus committees, as well as department chairs. Many F21 members have assumed leadership responsibility within their disciplinary communities and other professional associations.
It is time to for the collective voice of the F21 community to be heard, presenting our recommendations about shaping the future. This will be the voice of the pre-tenure faculty, and faculty in positions of leadership on their campuses and within national associations, as well as the voice of the F21 senior administrators and 'village elders' joining us for the Assembly.
National debates about how education can and does serve the larger interests of students, science, and society are affecting how policies, practices and budgets are set within the public arena and at the institutional level. The experiences and expertise of F21 members can be helpful in framing these debates in ways that will be most productive over the long-term. This will be the first substantive report to the nation in more than a decade from a cross-disciplinary group of STEM faculty leaders.
We urge all F21 members and other participants in the Assembly to send a brief statement presenting their thoughts about challenges and opportunities facing leaders in undergraduate STEM; this collection of statements will be a primary resource for the work of the Assembly in preparing the F21 report. Information on submitting reports can be found here.
We urge all F21 members and their senior administrators to join us at the 2002 PKAL F21 National Assembly.