Southeast Regional PULSE (SERP)

Meet the Southeast Regional PULSE Fellows

The Southeast Regional PULSE (SERP) Fellows  hosted the second SERP Institute (SERP-II) at Wofford College (SC) on June 1 - 4, 2016.  Institutions accredited by SACS-COC were semi-randomly* selected to receive invitations to apply to the Institute, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (EAGER #1435389).  

See the list of teams participating in the second SERP institute!

We invite you to view the SERP Project Poster presented at the July 12-17, 2015 inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education.

To comment and network with others in the Southeast region, go to the SERP Group Page.

The SERP region includes over 800 institutions accredited by SACS-COC.  However, Texas institutions may choose to affiliate with the new Southwest region.

During SERP Institute 2014, teams participated in workshops and sessions and developed Action Plans before returning to their home institution. Approximately one year later, teams reported on their progress at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB).  For the list of participants, institutions, team Action Plans and ASB Posters, click here.

The Institute's workshops and the project's assessment targeted the 10 factors on the STEM Department Evaluation Rubric.  You are welcome to read all of the unedited comments from SERP Institute participants in response to the first time they used the rubric.  The goals for this rubric are different than for the more extensive set of rubrics developed for in PULSE's Recognition Program. PULSE members are encouraged to explore both and use what is most useful for your department's work!

Sample feedback from the first SERP Institute includes:

  • "Having the diversity of institutions reminds us that most of our problems are shared, no matter the size or nature of the institution.  It's also great to get insights and hear other perspectives."
  • "Being selected as one of the institutions for the SERP Institute has been one of the best things that has happened to our department. Our team was able to bring back information and help get the entire department on board to invest in changing the curriculum. Faculty members are continuing to adopt these strategies and have used them as part of their personal goals."
  • "I think it's very instructive for faculty from R1's to see what is happening at community colleges, regional universities, and SLACs. There's much we can learn from each other."
  • "I found the design and administration of the workshop very effective in creating a shared-purpose mentality."

In April of 2015, all twenty institutions involved in the first SERP Institute presented posters and discussed their work at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB).  

Explore the interactive Google map on the About PULSE page to see where all teams have come from.  Once you join PULSE, you can also get to the teams' Action Plans and ASB Posters from this interactive map or by clicking here.

We invite you to watch a short video that showcases the work of the participating teams!

SERP Action Plan Template AACU 2016

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