In 2012, an innovative, collaborative and not unambitious group of program officers from The National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIH) launched the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) as a community of scientists dedicated to department-level implementation of Vision and Change recommendations*, nationally. Forty PULSE Fellows were charged with developing a framework for this implementation during the 2012-2013 academic year. The Fellows used meetings, conference calls, advice from the PULSE steering committee, and input from the PULSE community in developing the PULSE Framework for V&C Change. Now that initial sponsorship by the three major funding agencies is over, several PULSE initiatives are moving forward, funded by grants awarded via standard NSF applications.
You are invited to join PULSE, network with other PULSErs, share your ideas and experiences, and help transform life sciences education. Please check out the Groups, Blogs, Fora, Events, Toolkit, Workshop, etc.. The PULSE effort depends upon a vibrant community of PULSE partners, so your involvement is most welcome!
Do you want to network with other PULSErs in your region committed to changing the practices of undergraduate Life Sciences education? Then the PULSE Community Overview is for you. This is a new Google Map that shows the location of each institution in the US with at least one member in the PULSE Community. The map can be found on the right hand side of the PULSECommunity.org site by going to "PULSE RESOURCES" and then PULSE Community Overview. The map gives the membership of the site as of January 1st, 2014 and will be updated on a regular basis as the PULSE Community grows. Network away!
PULSE is mentioned in a recent, featured article, Vision and Change in the Biology Community: Snapshots of Change, by Vasaly, et al. (CBE Life Sci Educ vol. 13 no.1: 16-20 2014).
See page 17 of the December 2013 GARNish newsletter, a UK plant biology periodical.
A description of the PULSE Vision and Change Rubrics appeared in the December 2013 issue of CBE: Life Sciences Education.
In addition to the PULSE Vision and Change Rubrics (below), a shorter, Department Evaluation Rubric that has been employed in recent workshops is now available. See the Strategic Planning section of the Online V&C Toolkit.
Please use and share the rubrics, send us feedback for improvement, and contact us with any questions (contact information is included on the document cover page). When the Rubric Instruction Manual and PULSE Vision & Change Certification Program are completed we will share those as well.
You may download the rubrics here: PULSE Vision & Change Rubrics v1.0.pdf. Also, you may see how the rubrics can fit into a general strategic planning process in the Strategic Planning section of the V&C Online Toolkit. More information is found on the V&C Certification page.
This website (NING) has been set up for members of the PULSE community (that's you) to exchange ideas with one another, provide insights and feedback to the Fellows, and share & explore resources as we revolutionize undergraduate life science education together.
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I just took a look at the rubrics and I am very impressed. This is the type of practical documents that departments can use.
Kudos to the authors.
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Ambassadors for Curricular Change
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