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 – between teaching and research communities. Any limit on our capacity to create space for this kind of intellectual activity, where practice and theory are equally matched, leads to significant knowledge gaps and missed opportunities to generate the kind of creative and daring approaches to broadening participation that can be implemented and sustained, with fidelity, across all institution types and teaching styles.
The AAC&U Knowledge Exchange is a multifaceted initiative that aims to narrow this gap by brokering the national convening power of AAC&U and its STEM Central web platform to: 1) provide uniquely-designed professional development opportunities for disciplinary STEM faculty, higher education theorists, and STEM education researchers to bi-directionally translate, transfer, blend, and classify broadening participation theories and practices into a system of successful interventions.
Our goal is to substantially accelerate STEM higher education reform by cultivating among STEM education research and disciplinary faculty: 1) common ways of knowing, understanding, and valuing undergraduate STEM teaching, education research, and evaluation; 2) a shared capacity for and competence in the measurement of quality undergraduate STEM teaching; and 3) a collective intelligence about and appreciation for grounding broadening participation interventions within a social justice framework.
Knowledge Exchange Features
Participation in experiential exercises aimed at developing theories of change that address inequities in STEM
Engage, one-on-one, in technical dialogues with Knowledge Exchange evaluators and education researchers to improve grant proposal competitiveness
Knowledge Exchange Studios are designed to transfer outcomes of our Institutes and Clinics to the virtual space