Schlegel PULSE

(The FASEB Journal.2013;27:739.6)

PULSE Partnerships for Change: Moving from “Vision” to “Change” in Undergraduate Life Science Education

Whitney M Schlegel,1 Jenny McFarland2 and Katherine E Marley3
1Biology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2Biology Department, Edmonds Community College, Lynwood, WA
3Biology Department, Doane College, Crete, NE

What will it take to bring about the necessary transformation of STEM higher education described in Vision and Change (2011)? PULSE (Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education) is a collaborative effort by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to stimulate systemic change within biology departments at all types of post-secondary educational institutions, based upon the 2011 report Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education and other calls for transformation of life sciences education. As life science educators we understand the change mandate (the problem). We have sought the evidence to support change (the solutions). We now must implement and institutionalize, specifically at the departmental level, these evidence-based best practices. The PULSE Leadership Fellows are tasked with facilitating partnerships to foster change in undergraduate life science education. This poster will share the PULSE action agenda and our work to date, enhance communication with the broader scientific community and engage the American Physiological Society (APS) in the PULSE community as we cultivate change.

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