Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education
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
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.
Workshop on Recognizing and Evaluating Science Teaching in Higher Education September 11-12, 2019
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
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
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