For Higher Ed portal to Resources Supporting Change from Individual to Program scales

Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B
Poster Session Part of Friday Session


Cailin Huyck Orr, Carleton College
John McDaris, Carleton College
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Making and supporting changes in higher education at multiple scales presents challenges that are shared broadly by individuals and programs across institution types. It is important that we, as agents of change, have mechanism for spreading the wealth of knowledge and expertise about STEM Education around the community. Together we can more efficiently explore important issues and provides each other examples of how members of the community have addressed common concerns.

The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College has had success generating such resources in geoscience and STEM education. Working with groups of educators from a range of disciplines and institution types, we have helped develop content around making change happen at the program or institutional levels on topics such as increasing the diversity of students graduating in geoscience and STEM, fostering interdisciplinary learning, translating the results of education and research into practice. These resources draw out common practices, situate them in the education research base, and highlight examples of their use in the real world but also communicate the different ways individuals or institutions have adapted these practices for their particular situation.

Our For Higher Ed portal is a suite of web pages that organize the resources across projects that partner with SERC to support activities at the individual, course, department and program scales by providing tools and information on topics that are of broad interest. Informed by a variety of sources, the pages explore five facets: including improving teaching and learning, inter-institutional networks, designing courses and programs, supporting career paths, and broadening participation in STEM. This makes the examples of how they have achieved success particularly valuable for everyone engaged in making the geosciences and STEM communities more inclusive. By sharing this collected expertise, we can all move forward more effectively and efficiently. We invite you to explore the Portal at