2016 PKAL Summer Leadership Institute Working Group
Members: 132

Welcome to the 2016 PKAL Summer Leadership Institute Working Group on STEM Central. This is your go-to place for the important information you need to have a successful institute. In particular, please CLICK HERE to access the required reading materials. To access or comment on other resources or conversations, simply click on the appropriate link below. 

Our hope is that this Working Group provides you with opportunities to:

- identify and network with people of shared interests related to leadership, and
- to cultivate and share thoughts and ideas with participants of all 2016 SLI cohorts.

To raise questions, start conversations, or share resources, simply click on the “Add Resource or Discussion” button below to your right.  Resources can include any kind of file, including Word documents, pdfs, PowerPoint slides, web links, or videos.  Note that use of this space is reserved exclusively  for 2016 SLI participants, and, thus, is a private, safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing your candid thoughts and views about your leadership journey. Only members of this group, which includes SLI participants, mentors, and leaders from all three 2016 institutes, can view any of these comments.

Again, we are very much looking forward to your participation in the 2016 PKAL Summer Leadership Institute!  We have no doubt that you will make significant contributions to our collective success both now, and over the course of the coming academic year.


Kelly Mack

AAC&U STEM Central Building by Knowledge Exchange Workshop: Supporting Success of Low Income Undergraduate Students in STEM
Members: 23

This working group supports documentation, dissemination, and discussions that arise from the STEM Central AAC&U Building by Knowledge Exchange Workshop, which occurs on April 19 - 20th 2016 in Chicago, IL. 

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together S-STEM and STEP project leaders and higher education researchers to address through dialogue a set of questions and to develop responses for dissemination that can inform the next set of proposals submitted to the S-STEM program. The specific issues to address include the following key questions:

1) What evidence-based lessons have been learned about strategies that are effective in supporting the success in STEM fields of low-income undergraduate students? What are challenges to implementing these strategies? What are gaps in the body of knowledge about effective strategies?

2) What issues and questions should be prioritized for attention by those concerned about strategies for supporting the success in STEM fields of low-income undergraduate students? What priority areas might be addressed in future proposals for the S-STEM program?

Over the course of the workshop we will be adding discussion threads on institutional, faculty, and student level needs for improving success in STEM for low income students. Click on the thread link to add a comment.  

Please also add your own questions and discussion topics by clicking the "add discussion or resource" button below.

We will also be posting the summary notes and videos that come out of the workshop. 

We invite anyone to post questions and ideas to this group, even if you did not attend the workshop in person.

ACE Implementation Project: Data Science and Analytics Advancing STEM Education at North Carolina A&T State University
Members: 3

Achieving Competitive Excellence Implementation Projects in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) provide support to design, implement, study and assess comprehensive institutional efforts to increase the numbers of students and the quality of their preparation by strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and research. This project at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University seeks to develop and implement an innovative data science and analytics education and research program to train the next generation of undergraduate students to confront the challenges in computational and data-enabled science. The project will be accompanied by an educational research study which will study the impact of faculty development and structures of support through communities of practice on faculty at the HBCU. The project is guided and informed by an on-going evaluation.<br/><br/>Specific objectives of the project are: to create an integrated education and research training environment; to increase faculty competitiveness in research and scholarship and prepare student readiness for graduate studies and professional careers in data science and analytics; to prepare globally competitive students; to facilitate and support faculty scholarly inquiries in research, teaching and learning; and to reach out to and collaborate with other institutions. The program will develop a data science and analytics certificate program, a statistical computing laboratory, and an analytical consulting center to broaden the participation and enhance preparation of students as well as support education and health analytics research development and outreach. The project will facilitate faculty research growth by contributing to professional development in research and by promoting collaborative research opportunities. Research and study abroad experiences through partnerships with two Chinese research universities will expose students to the data science research communities in China. Faculty engagement in scholarly inquiries in education analytics and development through a fellowship program, semi-annual education research symposia, workshops and research retreats will transform pedagogy and institutional teaching and learning.  The program has the potential to be a replicable model in undergraduate data science and analytics education, research and training for other similar institutions.

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