Issues

Through a coordinated series of events and publications, PKAL engages the community in dialogue about what works, focusing on critical issues that must be identified and addressed if reform is to proceed effectively at the local level. These include how to:

  • build an intellectual community, with faculty at all career stages and their administrative colleagues, that focuses on improving the learning environment for students
  • transform physical spaces so that facilities accommodate new ways of learning, and communicate the collaborative, investigative nature of doing science
  • approach renewal of curriculum by asking the right questions--about the content and process of learning, about what difference proposed reforms will make to students
  • consider institution-wide changes (in regard to strategic planning, graduation requirements, budgeting, assessment and evaluation, review and tenure decisions, etc.) that aid and abet reforms, and ensure that they take root and flourish
  • heed societal needs: a scientifically-literate citizenry, a technologically-sophisticated workforce, and well-equipped professionals for the educational and research communities.