Coalition for Reform of Undergraduate STEM Education (CRUSE)

We share the belief that the culture of undergraduate STEM education must shift from reliance on lecturing to activities inside and outside the classroom that engage students directly, and that draw in a student body that is fully representative of the diversity of our population. Our common experience is that initiatives that support change at the individual faculty, course, or curriculum level have not been enough to bring about this cultural shift. We also believe that forces are now aligned that could effect a cultural shift to evidence-based practice. The Coalition is composed of a group of action leaders within organizations working toward these changes.

Present coalition members include staff from:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
  • Association of American Universities (AAU)
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
  • National Research Council (NRC)

The Coalition is grateful for the enthusiastic support and advice of the leadership of its member organizations, and the generous contributions of time and expertise by participating staff. We thank the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for support of our ongoing activities.

The Coalition is convened by Dr. Linda Slakey (Senior Adviser, AAU and Senior Fellow, AAC&U).

Program Goals

The Coalition meets regularly to consider ways to achieve the synergies afforded by our mutual interests. We foster systemic change in undergraduate STEM education by sharing data and approaches, attracting funding to this agenda, monitoring progress, analyzing for gaps, and encouraging action on gaps.

Achieving Systemic Change: A Sourcebook for Advancing and Funding Undergraduate STEM Education

The sourcebook is the result of a two-day workshop held in 2013 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The workshop, organized by the Coalition and supported by funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, brought together representatives from foundations with STEM experts and members of key higher education associations to discuss how best to effect systemic change in order to achieve widespread and sustained transformation of undergraduate STEM education. The sourcebook is intended as a useful resource for all who have a stake in creating STEM solutions for US society. It addresses the rationale for investing in systemic change throughout higher education, identifies critical areas for investment, and provides pointers to key reports and current STEM education reform efforts.

Click here to view the commissioned white papers that served as stage-setting documents for discussions at the 2013 workshop.