Organizational Change Networks (OCNs), defined as networks comprised of organizations collaborating to advance a common goal, are powerful forces for encouraging change in STEM education. These networks leverage the power of each member organization as well as the energy and ideas created through cross-organizational collaboration to envision and advance transformational change goals. Highlighting how OCNs develop, function, and foster transformational change, this workshop draws on findings from a multi-year project supported by the National Science Foundation that studied six well-known and effective networks: Advanced Technological Education Network (ATE); Bay View Alliance (BVA); Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning CIRTL); Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC); Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE); and Association of Undergraduate Education at Research Universities (UERU). The workshop presents a framework for understanding and studying their missions and functions; their relationship to the wider higher education context; the challenges they must navigate; and the opportunities they offer as significant levers for change. Participants will learn about the lifecycle stages through which OCNs develop and a set of Critical Considerations that networks must address across their lifespan. This session will interest change leaders and organizational researchers.
Adam Grimm (firstname.lastname@example.org); Susan Singer (SRSINGER@Rollins.edu)