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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education

Project Description

The quality of undergraduate education in the STEM fields is receiving increasing attention. There are a growing number of initiatives aimed at enhancing the STEM experiences of undergraduate students, some on a national level, some among multi-institution collaborations and some on individual campuses. In addition, improving undergraduate STEM education is one of the priority areas called out in the Federal STEM Education 5 Year Plan.

Recognizing the need to document the current state of undergraduate STEM education at the national level and track improvements over time, an expert committee will develop a conceptual framework for an indicator system. These indicators will focus on the first two years of undergraduate education, document the status and quality of undergraduate STEM education at both community colleges and 4-year institutions, and be used to track improvements at the national level over multiple years.

The committee’s work will progress in 2 phases, with an interim report made available for public comment after Phase I.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation


October 6 - 7, 2016: Archived Webcast

May 1 - 2, 2016: Closed Meeting

April 1, 2016Agenda and Presentations

February 21 - 22, 2016Presentations and archived webcast

January 22 - 23, 2016: WebEx only. 
Susan Elrod Presentation: A New Model for Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education


Mark Rosenberg (Chair), President, Florida International University
Heather Belmont, Dean of Sciences, Miami Dade College
Charles Blaich, Director, Center of Inquiry and the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium, Wabash College
Mark Connolly, Associate Research Scientist, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Stephen DirectorNAE, Provost Emeritus, University Distinguished Professor,
    Northeastern University
Kevin Eagan, Director, Higher Education Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
Susan Elrod, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Stuart Feldman, Former Vice President of Engineering, Google
Charles Henderson, Professor of Physics, Western Michigan University
Kaye Husbands-Fealing, Chair, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux, Research Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Marco Molinaro, Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness, University of California, Davis
Rosa Rivera-Hainaj, Dean of Science and Mathematics, Lorain County Community College
Gabriela Weaver, Vice Provost, Faculty Development, Director, Center for Teaching and Faculty
    Development, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Yu XieNAS, Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Sociology and PIIRS, Princeton University


Margaret Hilton, Study Director
Kenne Dibner, Program Officer
Leticia Garcilazo Green, Senior Progam Assistant

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