Midwest and Great Plains Region

Welcome to the Midwest and Great Plains Network!

We are building a community of practice around implementation of Vision & Change recommendations in a 13-state region: IA, IL, IN, KA, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, WI. There are 11 PULSE Leadership Fellows coordinating this network:

Taylor Allen, Oberlin College, Oberlin OH
Paul Arriola, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
Caroline Breitenberger, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Betsy Desy, Southwest Minnesota State Univ., Marshall, MN
Michael Kelrick, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
Karen Klyczek, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, WI
Kathy Marrs, IUPUI, IN
Steve Matzner,Augustana University, SD
Kathryn Miller, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Erika Offerdahl, North Dakota State University, ND
Heather Seitz, Johnson County Community College, KS

In addition, there is a planning committee of representatives from the other founding network member institutions. These members represent a variety of institutions types: community colleges, regional comprehensive, research universities, and liberal arts.

Our first network conference was held June 6-8, 2014 at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Click here to see the resources from this conference. The second conference was June 5-7, 2015, also at Washington University. Institutional teams used the Vision and Change rubrics to "take the temperature" of their department regarding evidence-based teaching, and used creative problem solving strategies to develop a shared vision and a plan to enhance a particular aspect of their program during next year. We are currently working on follow-up activities and planning to expand the network.  We recently held our third network conference on August 5-7, 2016, again at Washington University . Please contact any of us if you have questions or would like more information about upcoming events.

The MWGP Group that includes a discussion board can be found HERE.

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The following MWGP institutions are featured in PULSE Stories of Change:

Elmhurst College's Department of Biology: Applying Vision & Change to the curriculum to graduate complete biologists.

Tulsa Community College, Science and Mathematics Department:  Bringing Vision and Change to Tulsa Community College (TCC)

Lorain County Community College, Department of Science & Mathematics (Biology): Enhancing the Educational Experience for STEM Majors through Course Offerings

The PULSE Midwest and Great Plains Regional Network is supported by award #1355894 from the National Science Foundation.

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