BTSE: Bridging to STEM Excellence
A Consortium for Faculty Development
The "Bridging to STEM Excellence" project (BTSE), which ran from 2020 through 2023, aimed to accelerate changes in teaching through the formation of a consortium of national professional development organizations. The BTSE consortium organizations filled a needed gap by integrating their respective strategies that support individual faculty in improving their teaching practice and encouraged broader use of evidence-based practices by institutions, departments and programs.
The BTSE project's goal was to accelerate change in higher education and teacher preparation. To this end, BTSE worked to develop 1) a bridge between institutional efforts to improve instruction and national initiatives offering programmatic support and 2) a community of practice increasing the interactions among and reach of the consortium organizations. Leveraging NSF investments over the past two decades, BTSE integrated disciplinary and institutional approaches to provide holistic support for faculty as scientists and educators.