Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Publications

Increasing Student Success in STEM: A Guide to Systemic Institutional Change

This publication is for faculty, administrators, and other academic leaders who are poised to mount comprehensive STEM reforms to improve student learning and success, particularly for students from underrepresented minority groups. Based on the experiences of eleven colleges and universities in the Keck/PKAL STEM Education Effectiveness Framework project, the Guide contains advice on getting started, team and leader development, project management, and sustaining change. It also includes benchmarks, key questions for analysis, timeline information, challenge alerts to help anticipate common roadblocks, and a rubric to help campus teams gauge their progress. Examples from case studies developed by campus teams who participated in the project provide real-world illustrations. Also available in eBook Version (PDF).

Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future: Enlisting the Voices of STEM Women Faculty of Color

Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future describes actions that every type of higher education institution can take to recognize and support inclusive excellence among faculty and build the capacity of women faculty of color to advance in their careers and contribute to higher education reform efforts. The report turns a spotlight on the work of HBCUs as leaders in the education and graduation of STEM students, focusing in particular on the underexplored role of STEM women faculty of color, both in supporting student success in STEM fields and, over time, in driving campus changes that can make any college more effective in educating all students.

Peer Review, Spring 2015
Peer Review, Spring 2015

This issue, sponsored by the W. M. Keck Foundation as part of the PKAL Guide to Systemic Institutional Change in STEM Education project, features case studies by institutions that developed and field tested a comprehensive institutional model for facilitating strategic change in STEM education. The model takes a scientific approach and provides both a process and content scaffold for campus leaders to facilitate change efforts. It offers leadership, planning, assessment, and practical tools for developing a strategic plan for change, including evidence-based practices. The model also provides a “readiness” tool for assessing the capacity for change in terms of faculty expertise, resources, and campus infrastructure as well as a rubric for monitoring progress. Although the model was developed for STEM specifically, it can be adapted to other institutional change projects more broadly or outside the STEM disciplines.Read more

Diversity and Democracy, Spring, 2015
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2015

This issue of Diversity & Democracy extends AAC&U’s longstanding commitment to addressing gender-based inequities in higher education. Article topics include gender equity among STEM students and faculty, women’s leadership in areas such as higher education administration, the role of women’s colleges and universities worldwide, and the importance of creating campuses that are safe and inclusive for students of all gender identities.Read more

Achieving Systemic Change: A Sourcebook for Advancing and Funding Undergraduate STEM Education

The sourcebook is the result of a two-day workshop held in 2013 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The workshop, organized by the Coalition and supported by funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, brought together representatives from foundations with STEM experts and members of key higher education associations to discuss how best to effect systemic change in order to achieve widespread and sustained transformation of undergraduate STEM education. The sourcebook is intended as a useful resource for all who have a stake in creating STEM solutions for US society. It addresses the rationale for investing in systemic change throughout higher education, identifies critical areas for investment, and provides pointers to key reports and current STEM education reform efforts.

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Peer Review, Spring 2014
Peer Review, Spring 2014

Close examination of the status of women science and engineering faculty at four-year colleges and universities reveals that women not only remain disproportionately underrepresented in STEM disciplines, such as engineering and physics, but also are precipitously lost through transitions to upper professorial ranks in all STEM disciplines, generally. This issue explores current trends in higher education related to recruiting, retaining and advancing STEM women and women of color faculty. Read more


Many institutions are working to create interdisciplinary learning environments and opportunities for students to organize their studies around societal and global challenges and problems. Leadership for Interdisciplinary Learning provides a framework for evaluating institutional progress in implementing interdisciplinary learning. It provides a roadmap for mobilizing, implementing, and sustaining interdisciplinary programs. Based on the experiences of twenty-eight colleges and universities in the Keck/PKAL facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning project, this guide is designed in a process flow from planning to institutionalization framed with key questions that should be asked during each phase of program development. A publication of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), this guide reflects efforts based within the STEM disciplines but is applicable to other disciplines as well, providing an organizational framework to help campus leaders anticipate and address the...

Newsletter: Ramping Up for STEM Success: Pathways for Student Transfer

This culminating report provides an overview and lessons from the field from campuses in each state that participated in the project.

Peer Review, Summer 2011
Peer Review, Summer 2011

This issue of Peer Review emerges from the new partnership between Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities and provides a critical lens on current trends and emerging practices in STEM education. This issue highlights the progress that many campuses have been making in improving STEM learning. Articles also feature research findings on interactive STEM learning and STEM/Non-STEM differences in student engagement.Read more

What Works in Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning in Science and Mathematics

This executive summary outlines the results from the KECK/PKAL Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning project. The publication features how twenty-eight participating campuses developed new ways to create, implement, measure, and sustain effective interdisciplinary STEM learning environments. The summary includes key recommendations supplemented by strategies and practical advice.