Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Resources & Tools for Transformation

Content Types

  • 2002 PKAL Summer Institute:
    Assessing the impact of research
    (During small group discussions in a plenary session, institute participants identified specific approaches to assessing if/how students achieve goals established for an undergraduate research experience, particularly those goals directed toward exposing students to the process by which scientists explore, discover and communicate knowledge.)

  • 2002 PKAL Summer Institute:
    Characteristics of the Ideal Department
    A tool for internal analysis of departmental strength and weakness was devised at the 2002 PKAL Summer Institute. The "Characteristics of the Ideal Department" grid outlines the various aspects of a strong department– from the existence of a statement of mission to the presence of a talented administrative assistant.

  • The American Council on Education's Department Chair Online Resource Center
    Since November 1999, the American Council on Education (ACE) has offered workshops and provided extensive resources "for those heading departments or programs and for administrators who work with department leaders;" this work is coordinated by Irene W. D. Hecht, ACE Director Department Leadership Programs.

  • What works - A PKAL worksheet
    Worksheet to determine the cost of investments to sustain quality faculty
    From Report on Project Kaleidoscope - 2001
    PKAL developed a worksheet for faculty and administrators to assess the actual cost of faculty development activities.

  • 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 works: A PKAL worksheet
    A guide for institution-wide planning
    Getting a community to collaborate is easier when everyone is clear about the issues that to be addressed, in particular the essential need for a driving vision, and understands the sequence and series of issues that must be addressed. This worksheet is one approach to keeping the community focused during the months it takes to arrive at and realize their dreams.

  • What matters - A checklist
    Departmental Thermometer
    - Adapted from a survey prepared by mathematicians Sylvia Bozeman of Spelman College and Ted Vessey of St. Olaf College.
    A check-list from which leaders can determine the "temperature" of their community in regard to serving all students.

  • Case study from the 2000 PKAL F21 National Assembly
    Considering institutional issues: Interdisciplinary programs
    A case study from the 2000 PKAL F21 Assembly provides a learning opportunity for those seeking to establish interdisciplinary programs.

  • Results from the 2003-04 MAA PKAL Biomath Survey
    - Debbie Hydorn, Associate Professor & Chair of Mathematics - Mary Washington College
    PKAL and MAA have collaborated over the past several months to identify programs integrating the life sciences and the mathematical sciences. This is an ongoing project, and further examples of interesting programs are sought.