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.
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, we invite all center directors to join our listserv. Email Kacy Redd if you would like to participate in this national discussion.
- 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.
- Join us at the SMTI 2016 National Conference on STEM Education Centers. Details to be announced soon. The conference will focus on STEM Education Centers engaged in improving undergraduate education, including teacher preparation and connection of the undergraduate experience with K12, community efforts, and broader impacts. The conference is open to representatives from STEM Education Centers, or those who work closely with centers. We also invite faculty engaged in improving STEM teaching and teacher preparation from APLU institutions. You can read about last year's SMTI 2015 National Conference on STEM Education Centers.
- Check out our workspace for centers at SERC and read the STEM Education Center Workshop 2013 report.
Noah Finkelstein (University of Colorado Boulder) - Co-Chair
Kacy Redd (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) - Co-Chair