While our focus is on developing policy recommendations that improve science, engineering and health education and training in our nation’s colleges and universities, a broader goal is to enable all citizens to have enriching and meaningful lives. As such, we believe that more effective integration of educational experiences in all disciplines—particularly in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and medicine—will benefit all of our nation’s citizens.
A December 2, 2015 workshop in Washington, DC, hosted by BHEW, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and attended by more than 110 scientists, engineers, artists, humanists, educators, policymakers and industry executives was the initial step in this effort. This project significantly builds on that workshop with joint support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
An ad hoc committee overseen by the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW), in collaboration with units in PGA, NAE, IOM, and DBASSE, will produce a consensus report that examines the evidence behind the assertion that educational programs that mutually integrate learning experiences in the humanities and arts with science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) lead to improved educational and career outcomes for undergraduate and graduate students. In particular, the study will examine the following:
• Evidence regarding the value of integrating more STEMM curricula and labs into the academic programs of students majoring in the humanities and arts in order to understand the following: (1) how STEMM experiences provide important knowledge about the scientific understanding of the natural world and the characteristics of new technologies, knowledge that is essential for all citizens of a modern democracy; (2) how technology contributes essentially to sound decision making across all professional fields; and (3) how STEMM experiences develop the skills of scientific thinking (a type of critical thinking), innovation, and creativity that may complement and enrich the critical thinking and creativity skills developed by the arts and humanities.
• Evidence regarding the value of integrating curricula and experiences in the arts and humanities--including , history, literature, philosophy, culture, and religion--into college and university STEMM education programs, in order to understand whether and how these experiences: (1) prepare STEMM students and workers to be more effective communicators, critical thinkers, problem-solvers and leaders; (2) prepare STEMM graduates to be more creative and effective scientists, engineers, technologists, and health care providers, particularly with respect to understanding the broad social and cultural impacts of applying knowledge to address challenges and opportunities in the workplace and in their communities; and (3) develop skills of critical thinking, innovation, and creativity that may complement and enrich the skills developed by STEMM fields.
• New models and good practices for mutual integration of the arts and humanities and STEMM fields at 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, and graduate programs, drawing heavily on an analysis of programs that have been implemented at institutions of higher education.
The report will summarize the results of this examination and provide recommendations for all stakeholders to support appropriate endeavors to strengthen higher education initiatives in this area.
The committee would like to hear from you. If you would like to comment on this study, you may send your comments to Ashley Bear.
Our committee chair, David Skorton discusses the report and answers the following questions:
Why should institutions shift toward a more integrated curriculum?
What benefits does integrating the humanities, arts, and STEM have for student learning?
Why is integrating the arts, humanities and STEM important in today’s world?
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Committee Meeting 1 July 27 –28, 2016 Washington, DC
Committee Meeting 4 (Closed) October 19-20, 2017 Washington, DC
Report Publication & Dissemination May 7, 2018 Washington, DC A national workshop to release the report and build discussions around the implementation of the report’s recommendations
REPORT A consensus report will be issued on May 7, 2018.
You can access the Report Compendium here. COMMITTEE MEMBERS
David J. Skorton (NAM) Secretary of the Smithsonian
Susan Albertine Senior Scholar and Director, LEAP States The Association of American Colleges & Universities
Norman Augustine (NAS/NAE) Retired Chairman and CEO Lockheed Martin Corporation
Laurie Baefsky Executive Director, ArtsEngine and the Alliance The Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)
Kristin Boudreau Professor and Department Head, Humanities and Arts The Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Norman Bradburn Senior Fellow, NORC The Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus The University of Chicago
Al Bunshaft Senior Vice President Dassault Systèmes’ Americas Corporation
Gail Burd Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs The University of Arizona
Edward Derrick Director, Center of Science, Policy, & Society Programs The AAAS
Bonnie Thornton Dill Dean, College of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Women’s Studies The University of Maryland
E. Thomas Ewing Professor of History, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Research, and Diversity The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech
J. Benjamin Hurlbut Assistant Professor of Biology and Society The School of Life Sciences Arizona State University Pamela L. Jennings Former Program Officer, National Science Foundation CreativeIT program CEO, CONSTRUKTS, Inc.
Youngmoo Kim Director, The Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Drexel University
Robert Martello Professor of the History of Science and Technology Olin College of Engineering
Gunalan Nadarajan Dean and Professor, The Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design The University of Michigan
Tom Nelson Laird Director, The Center for Postsecondary Research, and Principal Investigator The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement
Lynn Pasquerella President The Association of American Colleges & Universities
Suzanna Rose Founding Associate Provost for the Office to Advance Women, Equity, and Diversity Professor of Psychology & Women's Studies The College of Arts & Sciences Florida International University
Laura Vosejpka Founding Dean, College of Sciences and Liberal Arts Kettering University
Lisa M. Wong Co-Director, The Arts and Humanities Initiative Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School
STAFF Ashley Bear, Program Officer Tom Rudin, BHEW Director Irene Ngun, Research Associate Austen Applegate, Senior Program Assistant Kellyann Jones-Jamtgaard, Christine Mirzayan Fellow (January 2017 - April 2017) Elizabeth Garbee, Christine Mirzayan Fellow (January 2018 - April 2018)