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Office of Undergraduate STEM Education

Through its Office of Undergraduate STEM Education (OUSE), AAC&U works to empower institutions of higher education to catalyze higher education reform in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

About the Office of Undergraduate STEM Education

Through its Office of Undergraduate STEM Education, AAC&U works to empower institutions of higher education to catalyze higher education reform in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); lead national efforts that foster discovery and innovation in STEM faculty professional development; and advance equity in service to building a diverse, competitively trained STEM workforce.

2021 Virtual Conference on Transforming STEM Higher Education

The AAC&U Conference on Transforming STEM Higher Education advances undergraduate STEM education reform by foregrounding the diverse perspectives, worldviews, voices, and desires of STEM faculty—especially those from groups that have been historically marginalized in STEM. This event provides a deeper understanding of classroom, institutional, and national levers of reform and outlines a national agenda for manipulating those levers to drive discovery, innovation, and social change in STEM higher education.

STEM Education Reform Programs and Initiatives

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)

Project Kaleidoscope is AAC&U’s center of STEM higher education reform dedicated to empowering STEM faculty, including those from underrepresented groups, to graduate more students in STEM fields who are competitively trained and liberally educated.

STEM Central

We seek to empower the STEM higher education community in a collective movement to transform STEM education, particularly toward the goal of broadening participation in STEM.

Knowledge Exchange

Creating solutions to support the success of our undergraduate STEM students, particularly those who are academically talented and from low-income households, requires intentional exchange – through dialogue and discourse

AAC&U Inclusive Excellence Commission (IEC)

The Inclusive Excellence Commission complements Inclusive Excellence: Engaging All Students in Science, an HHMI initiative that challenges US institutions to substantially and sustainably increase their capacity for the inclusion of all students.

MyTenure Trek

My Tenure Trek® (MTT) is a powerful professional development tool that provides STEM faculty with real life experiences that mirror the influences of power and privilege in STEM higher education.

Latest Activity

Office Staff

  • Kelly Mack

    Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope
  • Sasha Kolomensky

    Program Associate and Assistant to the Vice President
  • Tykeia Robinson

    Associate Director for Research and Policy
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    Christina Shute

    Program Manager, Project Kaleidoscope

How to get involved

When a college or university joins AAC&U, the entire campus community becomes part of a global network of educators committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career.