2014 TIDES Institute
By the end of this decade, the U.S. economy will annually create over 120,000 new jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree in computer science to satisfy the workforce demand for emerging fields like cloud architecture, forensic investigation and geospatial technology (Evans, 2013). However, currently, only approximately 41,000 computer science baccalaureates are produced each year (NSF, 2013). Because improved global economies and opportunities no longer allow the U.S. to rely on foreign born talent to meet these STEM workforce demands, it has become critical that STEM higher education reform efforts broaden the participation of women and underrepresented minorities, who not only represent a rich source of talent, but are also the fastest growing populations in undergraduate higher education.
Recent data have identified that the most advanced mechanism for broadening the participation, retention and graduation of underrepresented groups in the STEM fields is not just significant pedagogical reform (Tsui, 2007), but pedagogical reform that is evidence-based and culturally sensitive to the lived experiences of these populations. To that end, the 2014 TIDES Institute provides a three-year long professional development opportunity for STEM faculty that departs from the traditional workshop model, which often results in only weak effects on behavior change. Specifically, participants, comprised of both STEM faculty and administrators from awardee institutions, will participate in a week-long Institute that offers theoretical, situative and practical exposure to equally evidence-based and culturally competent STEM teaching , as well as opportunities to practice culturally competent teaching strategies in real time, and contribute to a community of practitioners of culturally-competent STEM pedagogies. Collectively, all TIDES Institute activities are grounded in cross-disciplinary course (re)design in the computer/information technology science, tailored to provide sustained levels of underrepresented STEM student success in these disciplines, and expected to ensure that the level of precision necessary for broad institutional uptake and adoption of these courses across institution types is preserved.
Who Should Attend
The TIDES Institute is currently reserved for awardee institutions only. After a rigorous competitive review, nineteen institutions were selected for participation in the TIDES Institute. Each institution is represented by an interdisciplinary team of STEM and non-STEM faculty and administrators.