Connecting the Branches: Insights from the National Academies Report on Integrative Learning
April 9, 2019
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities participated in a conversation on the integration of the arts and humanities in STEMM (sciences, technology, engineering, math, and medicine). During this conversation, they also explored findings from The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree.
This webinar was part of a series of town hall gatherings held across the country to sustain a national dialogue about arts, humanities, and STEMM integration strategies that could be adapted for every campus and its community. In 2015, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened more than 110 scientists, engineers, artists, humanists, educators, policymakers, and industry executives to begin examining the impact of arts integration on academic performance and workforce development. This work culminated with the development of Branches from the Same Tree, a detailed, evidence-based report prepared by the committee. This discussion highlighted the benefits of integrating learning experiences in the humanities and arts with STEMM fields, and panelists shared strategies that have resulted in improved educational and career outcomes for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Attendees joined the conversation on Twitter by using #a2ruBranches.
Lynn PasquerellaPresident, AAC&U
Ashley BearSenior Program Officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
David C. Munson, Jr.President, Rochester Institute of Technology
Gunalan NadarajanDean and Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan