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About PKAL

About PKAL

Project Kaleidoscope began in 1989 with support from the National Science Foundation to outline an agenda for reform of undergraduate programs in science and mathematics. From the beginning, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) has taken a kaleidoscopic perspective, giving attention to all facets of the undergraduate learning environment– what is learned, how it is learned and where it is learned. PKAL’s initial report, What Works: Building Natural Science Communities, was presented at the first PKAL colloquium at the National Academy of Sciences in 1991. Since that time, nearly 4,500 individuals from over 850 colleges, universities and professional organizations have participated in one or more PKAL activity, primarily workshops that continue to be supported by NSF. A significant focus of PKAL is fostering leadership within undergraduate STEM. With support from the ExxonMobil Foundation, PKAL is identifying and supporting faculty who, at an early career stage, are taking responsibility for leadership on their home campus and at the national level. There are over 1200 PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century, representing campuses across the country. Support for local leadership teams also comes through a consultant program supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation, which provides advice to campuses implementing an agenda for action developed at a PKAL event. With support from FIPSE, PKAL is building local, regional, and virtual networks which advance efforts in developing cadres of leaders at the institutional and national levels. Increasingly, the PKAL web site is a significant vehicle for dissemination about the work of PKAL and others dedicated to building and sustaining a strong undergraduate STEM community.

Thanks to:

  • the volunteers who plan and facilitate PKAL workshops, institutes, and national meetings

  • the task forces that provide counsel, experience and expertise in shaping PKAL activities and publications

  • the institutions that support the involvement of faculty and administrators in PKAL activities

  • the design professionals who share ideas with colleges and universities seeking new spaces for science

  • the disciplinary societies and educational associations that are our collaborators in reform.

And to:

  • The National Science Foundation—
    Directorate for Education and Human Resources/Division of Undergraduate Education
    For National Dissemination Activities/Summer Institutes

  • The ExxonMobil Foundation—
    For the PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century Network

  • The W.M. Keck Foundation—
    For the Keck/PKAL Consultant Program

  • The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education—
    for the Regional, Topical, & Virtual STEM Networks

Accreditation Criteria…2001


Project Kaleidoscope Staff

Jeanne L. Narum, Director

Allison Harvey
Jennifer Luebbert
Christina H. Shute
Mark Wold

Contact Information

Project Kaleidoscope
ICO/PKAL Suite 803
1730 Rhode Island Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202-331-1283

This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation