Statistics of participation in PKAL sponsored activities
In 2003, PKAL evaluated its impact on college and university campuses across the nation. Several evaluations were undertaken to demonstrate PKAL’s positive influence on science and technology educational reform. These evaluations included: workshop participation, Keck consultancies, science facility renovation, and a general analysis of the demographics of all participating institutions.
Evaluation of Workshop Attendance on Reform Efforts
PKAL holds a variety of workshops every year. Workshop participants were surveyed regarding the impact of PKAL workshops at their institution. These surveys were analyzed and the results are attached here. The following issues were explored: general knowledge gained from workshops, knowledge applicable to courses, and specific changes to courses made following a workshop. General outcomes such as, how teams used what they learned in workshops and dissemination activities engaged in by participants following a workshop, were also assessed.
Impact of PKAL Workshops on Faculty Leadership
The affect of PKAL workshops on faculty leadership development was assessed. General faculty development such as outreach efforts and the ability to teach across disciplines was analyzed. Faculty were asked if they experienced heightened self-awareness in their professional and personal lives following interaction with PKAL. Further, an increased appreciation of diversity was used as an indicator of a successful workshop experience. Lastly, participants' responses regarding dissemination efforts following a workshop were examined. The analysis demonstrates in most instances that faculty leadership activities increased "a lot" following a PKAL workshop and the majority of faculty demonstrated "some" increase in developing leadership skills.
Evaluation of Keck Consultancies on Institutional Reform
Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) facilitates Keck consultancies in which institutions request experts be sent to an institution to analyze specific reform issues. Requests range from new program development, to curricular reform efforts, to constructing new STEM facilities. One hundred institutions around the country were surveyed following their Keck consultancy. Common barriers to reform efforts prior to consultancies were analyzed, as well as barriers to reform following consultancies. Overall Keck impacts occurred in four areas: course development, program development, departmental reform, and institution-wide innovation. These four areas were broken down to identify sub-categories affected following the consultancy. For example, course development was broken down to lab revisions, versus course revisions and new courses implemented versus course revisions.