Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Success in transforming the undergraduate learning environment

From PKAL's examination of the work of institutions having demonstrable success in transforming the undergraduate learning environment, we determine that on these campuses there is...

From PKAL's examination of the work of institutions having demonstrable success in transforming the undergraduate learning environment, we determine that on these campuses there is:

  • a leadership cadre that inspires colleagues and articulates a clear vision of the future
  • a community that dreams big, with persistent and open dialogue engaging all stakeholders, leading to an agreed-upon vision and a plan to realize that vision
  • a community of engaged collaborators
  • an infrastructure of institutional policies, programs and practices that supports the dialogue, the community and the ongoing work of leaders
  • public, campus-wide commitment to exploring the transformation of the learning environment, recognizing new challenges and opportunities
  • a student-centered approach to institutional transformation, considering how, what, and where students learn, and their backgrounds and career aspirations.

The visions of the future articulated by these leaders are that:

  • all students have access to a research-rich learning environment that socializes them into the community of science
  • the increasingly interdisciplinary manner in which science is practiced is reflected in the environment in which science is learned
  • emerging technologies are used most creatively and efficiently in the service of learning
  • STEM learning is an integral part of the undergraduate experience for all students, preparing them for responsible citizenship in a world increasingly influenced by science and technology.