2021 Knowledge Exchange Institute

Applying a Critical Lens to Undergraduate STEM Reform


AAC&U Knowledge Exchange Institute offers to STEM faculty a unique opportunity to understand and gain evaluation and education research expertise that is culturally sensitive and necessary for more accurately pinpointing the areas where institutional interventions, particularly those related to broadening participation, are likely to flourish.

At the Institute, STEM faculty, and STEM education researchers, higher education theorists, and evaluators who have interest and expertise in broadening participation programs, will not only develop a common understanding and language for determining success in broadening participation interventions, but will also take advantage of opportunities for:

  • Critical reflection intended to deconstruct dynamics of power and privilege surrounding evaluation and education research;
  • Exposure to scholarly work that demonstrates the kinds of evidence that illuminates of understanding of interventions in STEM higher education
  • Access to hands on work with review of extant literature on and development of theories of change that address inequities in specific, local, or global circumstances
  • Deep exploration of issues in the development of measures and indicators that are sensitive to capturing changes in underrepresented individuals and communities

Beyond our collective need to submit more competitive proposals, we also see a much broader need for STEM faculty and education/higher education researchers to build a national coalition of reformers who can lead U.S. higher education in significantly impacting both the number of underrepresented students retained in STEM and the quality of their undergraduate experiences.

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