Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts



  • A PKAL Essay - Taking the scientific approach

  • A PKAL Essay - Creating a community dedicated to the assessment of student learning
    A community's commitment to assessment is demonstrated in many ways: assembling people with expertise in how students learn, providing opportunities for faculty to explore different assessment tools, providing opportunities for faculty to explore different assessment tools, alerting the campus community to external resources and ensuring that departmental budgets reflect the institution's commitment.

  • Communication, Communication, Communication: Connecting Assessment to Enhancing Student Learning
    – Donna L. Sundre, Center for Assessment & Research Studies- James Madison University
    Strong assessment programs are nurtured and sustained with clear communication. If assessment of student learning is to succeed, it must be communicated to each constituent group- students, faculty and administrators. If the goals are not clearly communicated in the beginning, the community may feel threatened by new assessment programs.

  • What matters - A PKAL essay
    Leadership in building a facility for science education
    - Frank G. Rothman, PKAL Senior Associate & Provost Emeritus - Brown University

  • What works - A handbook for faculty and administrators
    10 Principles of Good Practice: Supporting Early-Career Faculty
    This document includes: "ten principles of good practice; inventories to prompt department chairs, senior colleagues, and other academic leaders to examine their individual and institutional practices; and examples of concrete and innovative approaches to good practice being tried out now in a variety of institutional settings."

  • What matters - A PKAL essay
    Planning, leadership and community
    - Adapted from PKAL Volume I - What Works: Building Natural Science Communities
    The process of reaching a campus consensus on the shape of programs and/or spaces for the future of undergraduate STEM programs in itself can create a healthy community, one that is informed about, sympathetic with, and supportive of, a strong science program.

  • What works: A PKAL essay
    Advancing the momentum toward reform
    Jeanne L. Narum, Director - Project Kaleidoscope
    A current challenge is to move the initiative of reform from the heart and mind of an individual agent of change into the formal policies and practices of an institution.