Networking for Change in STEM Education

The National Science Foundation has funded the University of Southern California, under the leadership of higher education change and reform expert, Dr. Adrianna Kezar, to examine ways to spread STEM education reform through the use of networks. The proposed project, Achieving Scale for STEM Reform, will study and compare four long-standing and successful undergraduate STEM reform networks: PKAL, SENCERBioQUEST, and POGIL that have different designs but with a common purpose.

In order to understand how the networks can be most effectively designed to spread innovations among network members and ultimately on the campuses where they are employed, three research questions will be examined:

  1. How do network members and network leaders perceive undergraduate STEM network design shape the ability to achieve goals?
  2. What are the perceived benefits of participation in a network related to change for the individual network members and their campus?
  3. How do networks form and how are they sustained in ways that help them achieve their goals?

See the final report here.

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