This issue, sponsored by the Teagle and Mellon foundations, offers insights about the central role of faculty in galvanizing the necessary experiences that cross disciplines, units, and campus boundaries to promote integrative learning.
Quantitative reasoning skills―the habit of mind, competency, and comfort in working with numerical data—are crucial for all students, not just math majors. By examining this topic through multiple lenses, this issue will demonstrate why quantitative reasoning is a necessary outcome for twenty-first- century college graduates.
Close examination of the status of women science and engineering faculty at four-year colleges and universities reveals that women not only remain disproportionately underrepresented in STEM disciplines, such as engineering and physics, but also are precipitously lost through transitions to upper professorial ranks in all STEM disciplines, generally. This issue explores current trends in higher education related to recruiting, retaining and advancing STEM women and women of color faculty.
E-portfolios are now being used in more than half of US colleges and universities. This issue provides examples of how engaging with e-portfolios enhances student learning and can be used for assessment and students’ professional preparation and job searches.