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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Indicators for Monitoring Undergraduate STEM Education
      
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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals generate a stream of discoveries and innovations that fuel job creation and national economic growth. Undergraduate STEM education prepares these professionals while teaching all students knowledge and skills that are useful across a range of jobs and in civic life.

However, many capable students who intend to major in these fields switch to another field or drop out of higher education altogether—in part because of documented weaknesses in teaching, learning, and supports for students in STEM fields. While various initiatives are now under way to improve the quality of undergraduate STEM education, policy makers and the public do not know whether these initiatives are accomplishing their goals and leading to nationwide progress. 

This report identifies a set of national-level indicators to measure the status and quality of undergraduate STEM education over multiple years. The report—which was developed by a study committee of STEM faculty, administrators, education researchers, and economists—also identifies types of data that will need to be collected in order to put the indicators to use, along with possible strategies to gather this data.
 
Sponsor: National Science Foundation



Committee Members
Members' Biosketches
 
Mark Rosenberg (Chair), Florida International University
Heather Belmont, Miami Dade College
Charles Blaich, Wabash College
Mark Connolly, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Stephen Director, Northeastern University
Kevin Eagan, University of California, Los Angeles
Susan Elrod, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Kaye Husbands Fealing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Stuart Feldman, Schmidt Philantropies, Palo Alto, CA
Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University
Lindsey Malcolm-Piqueux, University of Southern California
Marco Molinaro, University of California, Davis
Rose Rivera-Hainaj, Our Lady of the Lake University
Gabriela Weaver, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Yu Xie, Princeton University
 
 
 
Webinar
May 2018
Handout for the webinar



Public Discussion Event
March 2018
Agenda
Videos of the event can be viewed below


Articles of Interest




Public Comment Session on Draft Report

October 6, 2016: More information
   
Archived Videos of Public Discussion
  
 


Welcome: Heidi Schweingruber, Director, Board on Science Education
 

Session 1: Report Overview and Response
Moderator: Heidi Schweingruber
 

Session 1: Overview
Margaret Hilton, Study Director, Heather Belmont, Miami Dade College and Mark B. Rosenberg, Florida International University
 

Session 1 Response:
Kimberly Griffin, University of Maryland
 

Session 1 Response:
Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education
 

Session 1 Discussion
 

Session 2: Mastery of STEM Concepts and Skills:
Moderator: Mark B. Rosenberg
Gabriela Weaver, University of
Massachusetts-Amherst
 

Session 2 Response:
Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado
 

Session 2 Response: Kacy Redd, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
 

Session 2 Discussion
 

Session 3: Availability of Data for Indicators
Heather Belmont, Miami Dade College and
Mark Connolly, University of Wisconsin
 

Session 3 Response: Amanda Janice Roberson, Institute for Higher Education Policy
 

Session 3 Response: John Armstrong, State Higher Education Officers Association
 

Session 3 Response: Nicole Ifill,
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
 

Session 3 Discussion
 

Session 4: Options for Obtaining Indicator Data Charles Blaich, Wabash College
 

Session 4 Response: Ben Miller, Center for American Progress
 

Session 4 Response: Richard Reeves, National Center for Education Statistics
 

Session 4 Discussion
 

Session 5: Next Steps for Developing Indicators
 

Session 5 Discussion
  


 


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