STEM Higher Education

AAC&U works to advance broad-based systemic innovation to build and sustain strong undergraduate education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. AAC&U does this work through several campus-based initiatives and partnerships.

Campus Models and Case Studies

Preparing Future STEM Faculty for Diverse Classrooms at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

It’s a common criticism of research-intensive universities that teaching is an afterthought for faculty. The characterization isn’t always fair, but it is true that institutional incentives often... Read More
The iCons Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Problems-Based Science Education: The iCons Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The new Integrated Sciences Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as its name suggests, houses labs and classrooms for students and faculty from several departments. But some of the... Read More
The new sustainability minor brings a formal academic dimension to Winona State’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Developing a Sustainability Ethos at Winona State University

When Winona State University signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, the university undertook a series of initiatives to reduce the campus’s environmental... Read More
One outcome of the STEM Interdisciplinary Initiative is a greater emphasis on applied learning opportunities, including undergraduate research and community-based learning.

Morgan State University: Overcoming the Barriers to Interdisciplinary STEM Learning

Faculty from many of the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at Morgan State University have been steadily moving toward greater interdepartmental collaboration over... Read More
STS majors in Professor Allison Carruth’s senior colloquium, “Food in Information Age,” at the Stanford Community Farm. A group of students in class used the farm as a case study for how evolving technologies have shaped agriculture and contemporary food culture.

Liberal Education for the Twenty-First Century: Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University

C.P. Snow first warned against "the two cultures"—the divide between the hard sciences and the social sciences and humanities—in 1959, but many campus structures still reflect this split today. "But... Read More