Update: PULSE: Vision & Change Rubric Data Portal and Self-Study
We would like to invite PULSE community members to engage with the work of life science departmental transformation by using our PULSE Vision & Change Rubric Data Collection Portal to enter data for their life sciences programs. The creation of the PULSE Vision & Change Rubrics was announced in the Dec 2013 Edition of CBE Life Sciences Education. The rubrics were created to help stimulate the widespread adoption of the recommendations outlined in the 2011 Vision and Change report. The rubrics can provide a structure for departmental reflection and discussion regarding topics relevant to program transformation.
Currently, we are engaged with eight institutions in a pilot certification program to assess the degree to which life sciences departments have adopted the principles outlined in the Vision and Change report. The PULSE Vision & Change Rubrics are a key component of the certification evaluation. However, to develop the standards for certification we are seeking input from a large number of programs at institutions of all types. To easily collect rubric data we have created an online rubric portal. To assist departments with interpretation of the rubric criteria, we have assembled a detailed instruction manual. We are interested in institutions using the rubrics, Instruction Manual, and accompanying BioCore Guide, a nationally validated tool, to help faculty interpret the core concepts of Vision and Change, to engage in a self-reflective process and act as Self-Study Pilot Members.
The interactive portal allows any institution to complete the rubrics online. The data entered should be reflective of the program as a whole and the scores established collaboratively by faculty in the program with the approval and (hopefully) participation of the chair. The data we collect will assist us with norming the certification process. Individual institutional data will be kept confidential with access limited to the project team. Some of these data may be shared publicly, but we will maintain institutional anonymity in any public disclosure of results. Additionally, we are soliciting feedback from individuals on the rubrics so that they can be improved. If any of the criteria are unclear, or if important criteria are missing, please enter comments in the places provided as you complete the survey.
By collecting data from a large number of institutions of different types, we hope to obtain a national snapshot of the positioning of undergraduate life sciences departments along the path of implementation of the principles and recommendations of the V&C report. In the short term, we hope that departments that complete the PULSE Vision & Change Rubrics to generate self-study data will reflect on their progress and these data will help them develop goals and plans for transformation. In the long term, collection of rubric scores from a variety of institution types now and at time points in the future will create a long-term data set that will ultimately help measure progress toward the goal of transformation of Life Sciences programs in line with the recommendations of the Vision and Change report.
The Certification Program Pilot and Data Collection effort grows out of the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE: http://www.pulsecommunity.org/), a national project initiated by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This project is being funded jointly by the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Directorate of Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Education as part of their efforts to support Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education (Award #1350120) .