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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education
 Project Description

The Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education works to address the need for linkage and coordination of the numerous efforts already underway to improve undergraduate STEM education. It considers the full range of stakeholders in undergraduate education including students, faculty, department chairs, campus leaders, campus administrators, university systems administrators, education researchers, funders, professional societies in the STEM disciplines, associations of colleges and universities, STEM employers and business leaders, policy makers, influencers, and the general public.

 The Roundtable works to enable leaders from across the STEM policy, research, and implementation communities of higher education to 1) learn from each other's efforts, 2) work more efficiently to address complex issues related to undergraduate STEM education, and 3) make collective decisions about future policies and priorities as well as plan their own work based on a deeper understanding of the perspectives of other stakeholders in the system. The issues of equity and access in higher education are central to the Roundtable’s work.

Specifically, the Roundtable
1) Explores how to leverage knowledge about learning and design of effective learning contexts in order to transform the learning experiences of undergraduate STEM students such that these experiences are responsive to students’ diverse goals and needs.
2) Identifies ways in which undergraduate STEM education can effectively and innovatively respond to and interact with the broader context of higher education and of society, including recent demographic changes, changes in the future of work, and advances in technology.
3) Identifies how to advance change at all levels of the system through changes in policy and practice as well as through building networks of individuals and organizations that are acting in coordinated ways with shared goals.

Meeting Dates & Location Related Materials
Workshop on the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education
September 12-13, 2019

This workshop brought together stakeholders with many perspectives on the future of undergraduate STEM education. The first day focused on how we value and evaluate teaching as well as strategies for spreading evidence-based instruction to students of all backgrounds and goals. Representatives of disciplinary societies in STEM were invited to participate in these discussions. The second day considered the impact of globalization and technological change on undergraduate STEM learning. Participants encountered new ideas for thinking broadly and systemically about improving student learning in undergraduate STEM education. They networked and strategized together about how we educate the increasingly diverse student population and consider the impact of the surrounding system on efforts to improve learning.

Video Webcast

Workshop on Recognizing and Evaluating Science Teaching in Higher Education
September 11-12, 2019
♦ More information about the workshop

Student ratings have long been used by many institutions of higher education as a primary form of summative evaluation of teaching. In recent years, studies have brought into question the validity of student ratings, highlighting the need for more effective evaluation methods that recognize and reward evidence-based teaching practices. To begin to frame the national conversation around the reform of teaching evaluation, the Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education convened a 2-day workshop on September 11–12, 2019, to discuss issues around recognizing and evaluating science teaching in higher education. Participants included experts in the fields of teaching and learning, as well as faculty from a range of institutional types, engaged in evaluation reform.
Meeting #3 and Workshop 
September 6-7, 2018

2101 Constitution Avenue, NW

♦ Agenda
Roundtable Background
Speaker Bios


Meeting #2 - May 14-15, 2018
Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street, NW

Summary of Pitches

UG STEM Graphical Notes 1      UG STEM Graphical Notes 2

Meeting #1 - December 20-21, 2017
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW

 ♦ Agenda 
♦ Five-Year Status Report on AAU Undergraduate
  STEM Education Initiative
♦ Indicators for Monitoring Undergraduate STEM
♦ Barriers and Opportunities for 2-Year and 4-Year
  STEM Degrees

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Ann Austin (Co-Chair), Michigan State University
Mark Rosenberg (Co-Chair), Florida International University
Andrea Beach, Western Michigan University
Kamau Bobb, Georgia Institute of Technology
Erin Dolan, University of Georgia 
Levon Esters, Purdue University 
Mica Estrada, University of California, San Francisco
Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado, Boulder 
Jeff Gold, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Junius Gonzales, University System of North Carolina
Cassandra Horii, California Institute of Technology
Collins Jones, Montgomery College
John Michael Lee, Jr., Southern Regional Education Board
Mark Lee, Spelman College
Patty Lopez, Intel Corporation
Cordelia Ontiveros
, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Annette Parker, South Central College
Ann Quiroz Gates, University of Texas, El Paso
Chris Rasmussen, San Diego State University 
Barbara Schaal, Washington University in St. Louis
Eric Schulze, Memphis Meats
Susan Singer, Rollins College
Grace Suh, IBM Corporation
Kyle Swanson, Metropolitan State University 
Jim Swartz, Grinnell College

Ex-Officio Members
Howard Gobstein, Association of Public Land Grant Universities
Mary Heiss, American Association of Community Colleges 
Lynn Pasquerella, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Toby Smith, Association of American Universities
Robin Wright, National Science Foundation  

Kerry Brenner, Study Director
Layne Scherer, Program Officer, Board on Higher Education and the Workforce
Tiffany Taylor
, Associate Program Officer
Leticia Garcilazo Green, Senior Program Assistant




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