Welcome to NSEC

STEM Centers
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Campus Centers in STEM Education

STEM education centers and related offices are the hub of campus-based efforts leading the transformation of undergraduate STEM education at their institutions and beyond. While there is large variety in the structure and identity of STEM education efforts, they all have common functions and goals.

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The Network
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The Network

NSEC is an organization of campus-based centers and offices that serve as catalysts for educational transformation in STEM. The network allows center leadership, university and college administrators, and state and national policymakers to have a central hub for their communal efforts.

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Get Involved
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STEM Education Center Toolkit

The Toolkit is a mechanism for spreading the wealth of knowledge and expertise about STEM Education around the community. It explores important issues for STEM Education Centers and provides examples of how members of the community have addressed those concerns.

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NSEC Annual Report

The NSEC annual report has background on NSEC, the evolving logic model for the project, accomplishments to date, and the external evaluation of the project. Some of the highlights from the report include:

  • 5 national conferences with participation from 99 centers; 5 national workshops (e.g. Teaching and Learning Centers and SECs and Diversity and Inclusion), and 4 meetings that support STEM education community transformation (e.g. a coalition for cross-DBER work)
  • Robust and growing web presence: with 110 live center profiles, a STEM Education Innovation Database, resources, & news for the community and stakeholders
  • Toolkit for centers, providing resources for centers on core activities: communication, funding, organization, evaluation, and partnerships.
  • Leading research on Understanding STEM Education Centers with 10 site visits, cross site analysis, case studies and currently developing a survey, piloted in the fall 2017 with full distribution spring 2018. Results will include a landscape analysis, productive models, and resources.


News & Jobs

  • Webinar on Undergraduate Research Experiences and STEM Education Centers
    Join the Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC) on Monday, October 30th at 1:30-2:30 pm EDT, for the first of a series on undergraduate research experiences.
  • Instructional Consultant
    The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) seeks to welcome a new colleague to work with instructors at the University of Michigan, particularly in the biological, physical, and health sciences. Familiarity with clinical teaching is highly desirable.
  • Manager of Educational Laboratory Facilities at the University of Utah
    The Manager will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing many aspects of the educational laboratories in a new integrated science education and research facility, including coordination, staffing and financial management. The manager will act as a catalyst between the new facility and faculty, staff and students in the College of Science to ensure a high quality, hands-on educational experience.
  • APLU Announces 2017 Project Degree Completion Award Finalists
    Congratulations to the teams from the CSU STEM Center at Colorado State University; Institute for STEM Diversity Initiatives and the Center for Teaching and Learning at Boise State University; and the University of Hawai'i Office of STEM Education
    for their contributions to their institution's recognition as a Project Degree Award Finalists. The Project Degree Award is APLU's annual award to identify, recognize, and reward institutions that employ innovative approaches to improve retention and degree completion.
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