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Increasing Student Success in STEM: A Guide to systemic institutional change. (Guidebook, 2016) From AAC&U and PKAL, authored by Elrod and Kezar is aimed at campus leaders and administrators who are leading comprehensive reforms, including addressing implicit theories of change, avoiding mistakes, project management, team development, and sustaining change, with a practical focus. Also included in: Leadership, change strategies. Relevant for: Novices, administrators, change agents.

Achieving Systemic Change; a sourcebook for Advancing and Funding STEM Education (Workshop sourcebook, AACU , 2014). The sourcebook discusses how best to effect systemic change in undergraduate STEM, including the rationale for change, areas of investment, and key reports. Also included in: Leadership, foundations. Relevant for: Novices, Experts, Administrators

Navigating institutional change for student success in STEM (Journal issue, Peer Review, 2015). This issue, sponsored by Keck/PKAL, features case studies by institutions that developed and field tested a comprehensive institutional model for facilitating strategic change in STEM education.

Transforming Institutions (Book, 2015). This book brings together chapters from scholars in the 2011 and 2014 Transforming Institutions conferences. It provides an overview of the context and challenges in STEM higher education, descriptions of programs and research, and summary of lessons learned, plus next steps. Also included in: Model and theory, Recommendations for leaders, cost benefit, assessment. Relevant for:

For Higher Ed (Website). This resource is SERC's portal to resources for faculty, departments, and institutions. Resources include: improving teaching & learning; designing courses & programs; supporting career paths; and teaching in your discipline. Resources on program and course design are particularly helpful for change agents. Also included in: Cross cutting issues. Relevant for: Novices, experts, administrators, faculty

Characteristics of successful math programs (Website and report, 2016) A series of studies in college calculus has led to a list of characteristics of successful programs in college calculus, as well as documenting what does and doesn't work in calculus sequences. Also Included in: Cross cutting resources. Relevant for: Administrators, novices.

AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative (Website). The AAU STEM Initiative supports evidence-based teaching practice and influences the culture of STEM departments at AAU universities. Also Included in: Cross-cutting issues. Relevant for: Novices.

Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics (SPIN-UP) (Report, 2003). Summary text. The list of characteristics of thriving programs is summarized here and a report on a 2010 workshop on thriving programs is here Relevant for: Administrators, change agents

Report on "The Role of Professional Societies in STEM Faculty Workshops" (Report, ACS 2012). Contains expanded versions of presentations from a conference, describing current scientific society efforts to improve college level STEM faculty teaching. Also Included in: Leaders of Change. Relevant for: Novices.

Increase the Impact (Website). Website and guidebook providing guidance to educational innovators for strategies for sharing and disseminating their work in a way that's likely to engage and affect faculty, such as avoiding telling faculty what to do, and engaging adopters earlier in the process. Also Included in: Leadership. Relevant for: Novices, evaluators, educational developers.

Promising practices for strengthening STEM workforce development ecosystem (NAP report, 2016). Reviews the extent to which universities and employers in five metropolitan communities (Phoenix, Arizona; Cleveland, Ohio; Montgomery, Alabama; Los Angeles, California; and Fargo, North Dakota) collaborate successfully to align curricula, labs, and other undergraduate educational experiences with current and prospective regional STEM workforce needs. This report focuses on how to create the kind of university-industry collaboration that promotes higher quality college and university course offerings, lab activities, applied learning experiences, work-based learning programs, and other activities that enable students to acquire knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to be successful in the STEM workforce. Relevant for: policy makers, industry.

STEM education centers: A national discussion (APLU Report, 2014). Discusses the national STEM Education Center coalition and common challenges of local campus STEM centers. Also included in: Leadership. Relevant for: Administrators, campus STEM centers

How Colleges Change (Book, 2013). Adrianna Kezar. Outlines changes processes and reform, in theory and practice, in higher education. Also Included in: Leadership. Relevant for: Novices and Experts.

Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) Toolkit, and Rubrics (program, website). Network to stimulate department-level implementation of Vision and Change provides many resources for strategic planning. Also included in: Networks, leadership, assessment.

Program Re-Design Booklet (Texas A&M CTE, website and booklet). Walks departments through program redesign for learner-centered curriculum. Very nice guide including backwards design and program level guidance, aligns well with PKAL framework.

Becoming Agents of Change in STEM Toolkit (Toolkit, 2011). USC Center for Urban Education, with Dowd, Bensimon, Piqueux. The toolkit provides definitions of change/institutional/empowerment agents, case studies, vignettes, self-assessment tools and diagnostics, and several research reports that outline recommendations for change agents in STEM (serving in different capacities). Also included in: Leadership

Change Programs and Networks

An overview of national STEM Education Initiatives that Impact Undergraduate STEM Education( white paper, ongoing). Google Doc from Kacy Redd, Noah Finkelstein, Linda Slakey and Emily Miller providing a list of all networks and programs in STEM education.

New Faculty Workshop in Physics (Website, 2016). Led by disciplinary societies, this 20+ year professional development program has been shown to have a substantial impact on faculty awareness of, and initial use of, active learning strategies. Also Included in: Leaders of Change. Relevant for: Novices.

Transforming institutions: 21st Century Undergraduate STEM Education (Book, 2015). Papers from two conferences on institutional transformation in higher education. It provides an overview of the context and challenges in STEM higher education, contributed chapters describing programs and research in this area, and a reflection and summary of the lessons from the many authors' viewpoints, leading to suggested next steps in the path toward transformation.. Also Included in: Models and theory. Relevant for: Experts, change agents, administrators.

Institutional change to strengthen teacher prep (Report, 2012, APLU). Final grant report for APLU Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative, to increase the quantity, diversity and quality of the science and mathematics teachers member universities produce.

TIDES Program at University of Texas (Program). The Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES) in the College of Natural Sciences aims to catalyze, support, and showcase innovative, evidence-based undergraduate science education.

Bay View Alliance (Network). A network of universities working to improve teaching and learning in higher education. Includes three Research Action Clusters: Entry level courses, intellectual skills in multiple disciplines, measurement and analytics, and professional development. Includes a Teaching Practices Survey (modified from Wieman et al) and a departmental case study protocol for assessing change. Also included in: Leadership, measurement.

Math teacher education partnership (Program). The MTE-Partnership provides a coordinated research, development, and implementation effort for secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs to promote research and best practices in the field.

Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative and Colorado Science Education Initiative (website and white papers). Programs at UBC and CU using disciplinary postdocs as "embedded experts" to instigate change across departments. Includes program outcomes and guidance for faculty.

Learning Assistant Alliance (website). Includes information on supporting and training undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs), and joining with other institutions to promote this change program. Allows uploading of concept inventory data for comparison to other institutions. Also included in: leadership, assessment.

AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative (Website). The AAU STEM Initiative supports evidence-based teaching practice and influences the culture of STEM departments at AAU universities. Also Included in: Cross-cutting issues. Relevant for: Novices.

CUREnet (Network, website) CUREnet is a network of people and programs that are creating course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) in biology as a means of helping students understand core concepts in biology, develop core scientific competencies, and become active, contributing members of the scientific community. Also included in: Networks.

National Academies Scientific Teaching Alliance (Network, website). The National Academies Scientific Teaching Alliance (NASTA) improves undergraduate science education by developing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based, learner-centered instructional strategies through an alliance of committed educators, including coordination of assessment activities.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology LEAD program (Program, website). The purpose of the Rose-Hulman Leadership Education and Development program is to provide students with educational opportunities for leadership that match their opportunities for developing technical skills. Includes leadership academy, workshop series, case study competition, and more.

Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers (Website and network). Network of individuals: Our broader mission is to positively impact the outcomes of efforts aimed at broadening participation in research and research careers through the expansion and dissemination of the relevant body of knowledge, and facilitate its implementation in practice, policy development, training, and professional development. Also Included in: Leadership, cross-cutting, Theory

Duke biocore program (Program, website). The Duke BioCoRE Program engages undergraduates, graduate students and faculty in a supportive community of scientists excited about the biosciences, and provides opportunities for student research and career development for all participants. Includes undergraduate engagement in research, plus graduate students and faculty. Also included in: Cross-cutting issues.

Duke office of biomedical graduate diversity (Program, website). Office at Duke in the School of Nursing to bring talented graduate students to Duke, including professional development, academic enrichment, mentoring, and social activities. Also included in: Cross cutting issues. Relevant for:

CIRTL: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (Program, website). This website explains the purpose, membership, activities, and publications associated with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, which fosters change at the institution and cross-institution network levels to support the preparation for STEM future faculty as excellent teachers as well as excellent researchers. Also included in: Relevant for:

DOW STEM Scholars (Program, website). The Dow STEM Scholars Program provides academic and social support services to incoming MSU students, who want to pursue a STEM major ; it focuses on assisting students' transition into college and develop the skills needed to pursue a STEM degree.

Lyman Briggs College at MSU (website). is an undergraduate residential college focused on science in societal context. Its work on undergraduate STEM education includes active learning, authentic research experiences, and scientific practices. Here is a description of the educational philosophy and here is an overview of the STEM education reform work currently underway.

Math teacher education partnership (Program, website). The Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership) provides a coordinated research, development, and implementation effort for secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs to promote research and best practices in the field.

Wider PERSIST at Boise State (Project, website). WIDER program to broaden faculty use of evidence based instructional practices and assessment by providing funding to STEM faculty and departments (including salary, stipends, course releases and student employees).

CU STEM Institutional Transformation Action Research (SITAR) Project (website). CU AAU project; describes model of systemic change ("outside-in" model) and emergence of Departmental Action Teams (DATs) for supporting change . Also included in: Leadership, Theory.

Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) (program, website). Network to stimulate department-level implementation of Vision and Change. Includes PULSE leadership fellows, regional networks, recognition program, resources for departmental self-assessment and planning, and ambassador visits. Also included in: Strategies, leadership, assessment.

Austin Bio Link Center (Program, website). Advanced Technology Education center grant to establish distributed statewide leadership network focused on educational and industry based solution using Communities of Practice.

Communities of Transformation and their work scaling STEM reform (Paper, 2015) A. Kezar and S. Gehrke, Pullias Center for Higher Education. A mixed-methods study of four STEM communities (BioQUEST, PKAL, POGIL and SENCER) to understand the roles of these communities in advancing the goals of scaling STEM education reform. Discusses research findings, sustainability, future considerations, and further research. Also included in: Theory. Relevant for: Experts, administrators.

University Innovation Alliance (network) is a coalition of large public research universities working to improve persistence and graduation through educational innovation at scale.

Making Academic Change Happen Workshop (program, website). The Making Academic Change Happen (MACH) Workshop is a three-day, participant-centered workshop designed to help faculty, administrators, staff, and graduate students implement their educational innovations. Applications for MACH are accepted from teams and from individuals. As part of the application process, participants are asked to identify a change project they would like to implement, and that project serves as the focus for the workshop.