Draft Agenda for all Assemblies
as of May 5, 2003

Day 1

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Orientation Meeting for Session Leaders & Facilitators
Optional: Campus Tour – New Spaces for Science

3:00 - 4:45 pm

Opening Plenary Session

3:00 pm

Welcome, Introductions, Logistics

3:15 pm

Setting the Intellectual & Scientific Context for the Assembly
Address and Discussion

4:15 pm

A Kaleidoscope of Perspectives on Roles and Responsibilities
Panel Presentation


Goal: To provide a broad overview of the issues to be examined during the assembly, challenging participants to link their vision of the future (relating to the specific topic under discussion) to current planning to improve the learning environment. A panel of experienced leaders will also outline opportunities for leaders in various spheres of responsibility on a campus from the point of outlining goals for student learning through designing, implementing and assessing effective steps to achieve those goals.

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Cluster Meeting


Goal: To provide a opportunity for small group discussions, getting critical questions on the table from participants, reviewing application statements and other background materials submitted by participating teams, taking a first-step toward shaping post-assembly agendas for action.. Depending on the specific topic for the assembly and the makeup of participating teams, this first cluster meeting will be either: a) clusters of institutional teams; or b) clusters of administrators or faculty with similar responsibilities on a campus.

These clusters will be asked to address a common question, and to prepare a large poster with their cluster's responses to be posted during the reception.

6:15 - 7:00 pm

Reception & Poster Session


Goal: To provide time for informal discussion and learning about colleagues at the assembly

7:15 - 8:45 pm


8:15 pm

Remarks from the Host Institution: Lessons Learned
How the host institution has/is addressed/addressing the challenges and opportunities that the focus of the assembly.

9:00 pm

Shuttle Departs for Hotel

Day 2

7:30 am

Shuttle Departs for Campus

8:00 - 9:00 am

Considering Leadership Opportunities and Challenges


Goal: To explore a key dimension of leadership: getting the community to collaborate in exploring, distilling, and articulating a common vision. Depending on the setting, these will be small group or at-the table discussions about the role of leaders at different career stages and in various spheres of responsibility. How to identify, nurture and support agents of change, risk-takers and how to initiate and maintain a process of renewal that stays focused on the vision.

9:15 - 9:45 am

Plenary Session
The Planning Process


Goal: To weave the general discussions of leadership into specific discussions about the topic for the assembly:
+ who needs to be at the table
+ what are key questions to be addressed
+ what information must be available

10:00 - 11:15 am

Break-out Sessions/Case study presentations


Goal: To illustrate, from the example the work of specific individuals, departments and institutions, how to move through the process of change from the nascent idea, through getting the right people collaborating and implementing new policies and practices; case studies will also present evidence of how they know their efforts/programs are making a difference. These case studies will be on the PKAL web site in summary form. There will be up to five case studies presented, giving institutional teams opportunity to divide up and learn about the experiences of a variety of leading agents of change– with attention given to different models of reform, in different kinds of settings, tackling different dimensions of the challenge/opportunity.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch & Team/Cluster Meetings


Goal: To give time for individual teams, with the advice and involvement of assembly leaders/planners/facilitators, to share and distill ideas and insights from the previous sessions and to begin to identify initiatives that might work for them in their particular circumstances.

1:30 - 2:45 pm

Break-out Sessions & Topical Discussions


Goal: To continue the presentation of key issues that leaders must consider if, as leaders, they are to achieve the particular objective addressed by the assembly (i.e., preparing students for the 21st century workforce; implementing general education programs that bring all students to a reasonable level of scientific and quantitative literacy, etc.). These issues sessions will be designed to inform different members of the institutional teams (i.e., IT directors, deans, department chairs, disciplinary faculty, institutional advancement officers, etc.) As with the break-out sessions, there will up up to five discussions, around issues identified by the planning groups.

2:45 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 4:00 pm

Plenary Session
Panel Discussion


Goal: To begin to summarize the process of creating, implementing and assessing the reform under discussion, thinking through what changes in policies relating to faculty development, and/or budgeting, and/or physical spaces, etc., need to be incorporated. This will be an at-the-table discussion, an iterative process between the panelists and the participants. This session extends the consideration of leadership.

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Working Groups
Time for Individual and Team/Cluster Reflection & Planning


Goal: To provide opportunity for individual teams to draft its agenda for action to take back to campus. Ideally, these would begin in a large room in which each cluster (three institutional teams and consultants) would meet for 15 - 30 minutes and then continue in spaces in which each team has access to a black board, or a computer, or a table top on which they can work with poster pages. Depending on the distance between the hotel and the site, shuttles can begin at 5:00 pm

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Free Time


Goal: To provide a change of pace in the weekend, time for further informal conversations. Ideally this would be in a space that speaks of science, perhaps in the atrium of a wonderful new science facility, a science museum, an industrial laboratory, or something like that. It seems best to have no organized program, but this could be flexible, given the setting/opportunities to have discussion and/or description and/or tours. This might also be an opportunity to experience regional culture...with music and food.

Day 3

7:30 am

Shuttle Departs for Campus

8:00 - 8:45 am

Birds-of-a-Feather Discussions


Goal: To provide a final opportunity for key constituencies at the assembly to get critical questions discussed. Birds-of-a-feather include (but not limited to) faculty agents of change; business officers; grants officers; academic administrators– deans and department chairs, persons with responsibility for curriculum development, information technologies, institutional research, etc.

9:00 - 9:45 am

Plenary Session
Focusing on the Future: Perspectives of PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century


Goal: To hear and learn from PKAL F21 members about how rising faculty leaders envision the future of undergraduate STEM, looking at that future through the lens of the topic under discussion. These 10 regional assemblies signal the 10th year of the F21 network, and recognize the increasing leadership responsibilities – at the local and national level– being assumed by F21ers.

9:45 - 10:30 am

Plenary Session
Building Networks for Continuing Collaboration


Goal: To consider how to sustain the conversations beyond the weekend, between individual campuses, among the entire assembly, engaging appropriate others. The visible impact of networks of like-minded scholars is one of the significant outcomes of the recent decade of reform, and this time in the weekend sets the stage for a continuing regional network.

10:30 - 11:00 am

Time to Complete & Post Individual and Team Agendas for Action

11:00 am- 12:00 pm

Plenary Session
Review Agendas for Action


Goal: Time to "go public" with the plans that have emerged during the weekend. Participants will circulate through the posted agendas for action, offering advice and comments to their colleagues.

12:00 - 12:30 pm

Closing Plenary
Final Remarks: The National Context – Challenges and Opportunities