2014 Southeastern Regional PULSE (SERP) Institute

What a super four days! The PULSE Fellows who organized the SERP Institute thank all participants, speakers, workshop leaders, and student volunteers!SERP Team Thumbs up Reduced Sizeleft to right: PULSE Fellows April, Susan, Sandra, Nitya, Melanie, Ellen, Karen and Judy (unfortunately, Heather and Alix missed the picture).

The specific objectives of the SERP Institute were to:
  • Situate the work of department reform within a context that underscores the unique needs and opportunities within the Southeast, including leveraging the shared membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) and encouraging participation by the region's many minority-serving institutions.
  • Develop stronger post-Institute support networks between departments and among professional organizations, including the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB), American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), American Association of Colleges and Universities/Project Kaleidoscope (AAC&U/PKAL), Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER), and SACS-COC.
  • Conduct a research-based assessment of the short-term and long-term impacts of the SERP Institute, and then close the assessment loop by using the evidence to continuously improve subsequent Institutes and inspire other department-level, STEM-education reform efforts.
  • Build awareness, capacity and leadership for department reform through team participation in Institute workshops, sessions, and follow-up activities.

The 70 Institutions that were invited to apply to attend the SERP Institute were selected from among the over 800 accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) using a random numbers table in a semi-random process that ensured an equal representation of R1 Universities, Comprehensive Regional Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, and two-year
colleges. In addition, we ensured that at least 30% of the invited schools in each category were minority-serving institutions. From this pool of invited institutions, we selected 20 teams to attend the SERP Institute.

Here is a word cloud depicting how participants summarized the SERP Institute in one word.

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