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PKAL Workshop Theme: “Science for All”. Nov. 12-14, 2004 Marriott Century Center Atlanta Georgia Attendees: Jeff Strasser and Pam Trotter. Questions we asked: What is PKAL???? Why did we go to this workshop??. A quote….

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pkal workshop theme science for all

PKAL WorkshopTheme: “Science for All”

Nov. 12-14, 2004Marriott Century Center

Atlanta Georgia


Jeff Strasser and Pam Trotter

a quote
A quote….

You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.

Yogi Berra

workshop sessions friday
Workshop Sessions - Friday
  • Session I ; Identity
  • Session II; Intellectual and physical environments for science
  • Experiential Learning Exercise; Traffic Jam
  • Session III; “Cluster” Meeting #1
workshop sessions saturday
Workshop Sessions - Saturday
  • Session IV; Strategic Planning
  • Session V; Institutional Planning
  • Experiential Learning Exercise; Paper Tower
  • Session VI; Case Study
  • “Cluster” Time #2
workshop sessions sunday
Workshop Sessions - Sunday
  • Session VII; Personal Responsibility for Leadership
  • Session VIII; “Cluster” Meeting #3 – Poster presentation and critique
  • Session IX; Personal responsibility for Leadership, cont.
our poster
Our Poster…..
  • Identify goals, rationale and strategies to attain the goals
  • Ours was a smaller, younger group
  • We felt we needed broader input
  • Did our best!!
some issues we discussed
Some issues we discussed……
  • Science is dynamic – avoid the status quo
  • Poor preparation of some students
  • Retention vs. “weeding out”
  • Gen Ed (LS or LP) courses may be only exposure to science for some
  • Elements of the strategic plan
goal 1 elevate the intellectual spirit of science on campus
GOAL #1: Elevate the intellectual spirit of science on campus
  • Rationale:
    • Science should be enjoyed, not endured
    • STEM majors need to be prepared for careers and/or Graduate school
  • Strategies:
    • Continued support of successful programs
    • Increase student-faculty research
    • Explore state-of-the-art methods for student learning
goal 2 achieve success of the new general education program
GOAL #2: Achieve success of the new general education program
  • Rationale:
    • STEM is relevant
    • There is a common misconception of what “science” is
    • We want well-informed graduates
  • Strategies:
    • Learn more about our students and how they learn
    • Build bridges between STEM and non-STEM faculty
    • Increase participation of STEM faculty in the LS and LC courses
    • Design innovative summer research and education programs
goal 3 achieve success of the college s strategic plan
GOAL #3; Achieve success of the college’s strategic plan
  • Rationale:
    • This will help in the success of Goals #1 and #2
  • Strategies:
    • Increase support for student-faculty collaborative research
    • Increase the professional activity (and support for it) among the faculty
    • Support innovative curriculum work
where do go from here
Where do go from here?
  • We need to develop corporate goals and plans for STEM at Augustana
  • We need to send a bigger team to the next PKAL meeting
  • We should be sure to keep continuity between the workshops
  • We need to involve department chairs as well as the division head
the next pkal workshop
The Next PKAL Workshop
  • Theme: Interdisciplinary
  • When: March 4-6, 2005
  • Where: US Military Academy, West Point, NY