STEM Education Centers: A National Conversation
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has launched a national discussion on university-based STEM Education Centers through a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Our goal is to foster communication and interaction among STEM Education Centers to enhance their capacity to support effective undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. The project runs from May through October 2013.
While more than 150 "centers" in STEM education with various structures and functions exist, this project involves centers that are discrete campus units with research and faculty activities that focus on the transformation of undergraduate teaching and learning of STEM disciplines. This subset of centers is a critically important group to engage initially, since universities (with undergraduate education at their core) will potentially serve as the catalysts for broader national educational transformation in STEM, including research on teaching and learning STEM disciplines at all levels.
To join this effort:
- First, let us know if you would like to participate in this national discussion. By indicating your interest, you'll join our list and be included in future communications.
- Second, take a survey about your center. The information you provide will be used to showcase your center in a STEM Education Centers website describing the range of centers currently in operation. View examples of the public center profiles.
- As part of the survey, let us know if you would be interested in attending future workshops.
Noah Finkelstein (University of Colorado Boulder) - Co-Chair
Cathryn A. Manduca (Carleton College, SERC) - Co-Chair
Donna Gerardi Riordan - Project Director