The Equity Imperative in STEM: A Framework for Change in Undergraduate STEM Education
In order for us to increase STEM degree completion, close the attainment gap between underrepresented minority and majority students, and improve the analytical and quantitative skills of all students, change is needed in our STEM courses and programs. Research has shown that changing the learning environment toward more interactive and engaging teaching methods has a big impact on improving student learning and persistence, but it is not the only factor. Student advising, faculty professional development, student research mentoring, academic support programs, clear STEM-focused institutional articulation agreements, external partnerships with business and industry related to internships and other research experiences are among other critical areas that are often overlooked. This session will provide roadmap to help campus leaders leaders plan, implement, and assess systemic change strategies, using “The Scientific Framework for Strategic Change in STEM Education” (forthcoming from AAC&U in 2015).