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< AAAS Vision and Change - A Call to Action >
This is THE document that drives many significant undergraduate biology education reform efforts. This Vision and Change (V&C) manifesto is a call to action that provides specific recommendations to focus reforms on student centered learning, research and inquiry-based pedagogy, and learning outcomes that prepare students to be biologically literate in this new century.
< Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists >
From the National Academies Press, this document presents strong arguments for transforming undergraduate training in order to produce graduates ready to tackle future research needs. From the document: "Given the profound changes in the nature of biology and how biological research is performed and communicated, each institution of higher education should reexamine its current courses and teaching approaches (as described in this report) to see if they meet the needs of today’s undergraduate biology students. Those selecting the new approaches should consider the importance of building a strong foundation in mathematics, physical, and information sciences to prepare students for research that is increasingly interdisciplinary in character. The implementation of new approaches should be accompanied by a parallel process of assessment, to verify that progress is being made toward the institutional goal of student learning."
< PKAL Documents >
From Project Kaleidoscope - a rich collection of documents useful to Vision and Change and the PULSE initiative: assessment, leadership, pedagogies, outreach and collaborations.

From Project Kaleidoscope's Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts
         - On Leadership in STEM
         - Characteristics of the Ideal Department
         A. Serving Students and Learning
         B. Enhancing Faculty Careers
         C. Connecting to Emerging Scientific and Technological Fields
         D. Building a Collaborating Natural Science Community
         A. Leadership Initiatives
         B. Stories from Campuses

This is a check-list from which leaders can determine the “temperature” of their community in regard to serving all students. The check-list is adapted from a survey prepared by mathemati cians Sylvia Bozeman of Spelman College and Ted Vessey of St. Olaf College.

A series of reports and essays on leadership strategies useful in promoting and sustaining education reform in a variety of institutions.

PULSE was established and funded from 10/1/2012 - 9/1/2013 by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Currently, the PULSE V&C Toolkit is funded by NSF.