A major aspect of the emerging PKAL Volume IV on institutional transformation is a series of portfolios from the various disciplinary and interdisciplinary communities within undergraduate STEM.
This portfolio captures activities of scholars taking responsibility for shaping the future of undergraduate programs in physics. Here you will find essays relating stories about reforming specific aspects of undergraduate physics, “reporting-out” material from PKAL-related activities serving physics (workshops, roundtables, and resources from the PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century community), and other resources to aid faculty, departments and institutions in reforming their physics programs.
Much of the work of reform in undergraduate physics in the last five years has been done under the auspices of the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics (co-sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, and the American Institute of Physics) and Project SPIN-UP/TYC (Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics at Two Year Colleges).
These PKAL portfolios are intended as resources for leaders from all disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary fields. They provide examples of how colleagues are exploring ways to strengthen student learning: setting goals for student learning, designing academic programs consonant with those goals, and assessing student progress toward achieving those goals.