National Conversation on What it Means to be Educated in the 21st Century - Report to NSF


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NSF sponsored five National Conversations on "What it Means to be Educated in the 21st Century" in 2005. Mesa Community College hosted the community college event. This is our short presentation at NSF Headquarters reporting on the event.

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National Conversation on What it Means to be Educated in the 21st Century - Report to NSF

  1. 1. What does it mean to be educated in the 21st century? The Community College Conversation May 19-20, 2005 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ Principal Investigator: Gail Mee, VP for Academic Affairs Co-Principal Investigator: Liz Dorland, Chemistry Faculty MCC: Five intended outcomes • Generate new thinking from diverse constituencies about “what it means to be educated in the 21st century” • Formulate new ideas about implications for community colleges and STEM education • Generate recommendations to inform future funding priority discussions at NSF • Prepare a document of findings for dissemination to NSF and the community • Be the voice for community colleges in this series of national conversations. 1
  2. 2. Program Structure Thursday, May 18 – Morning session: Question Set 1 • Speaker: Clara Lovett – Afternoon session: Question Set 2 • Speaker: Debra Humphrys – Dinner session Friday, May 19 – Morning session: Question Set 3 • Speaker: Mel George MCC: Three themes for Question Sets Moving from general to specific: • Global and social context and issues that will influence and impact higher education • Characteristics and expectations of students in the 21st century, particularly community college students • Future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the community college 2
  3. 3. Round Table Discussions Major Themes That Emerged 1. Systemic Change 2. Organizational Structures 3. Integration of Content and Soft Skills 4. Assessment of Student Learning 5. Student Expectations 3
  4. 4. Recommendations to NSF • Funding: long-term infusion and commitment • NSF Conversations at local/regional levels • Increase funding for integration between research and practice • Increase relationships between the research and teaching communities • Renew funding for Distinguished Teaching Scholars (DTS) and other such programs • Invest in proven practices 4
  5. 5. NSF: Provide funding to/for... • Assessment tools/methods • Integrate STEM with other disciplines and applied STEM community • Strengthen connections/communication between CC faculty and NSF • Improve STEM gateway courses • Improve/develop teacher education and preparation programs • Multi/interdisciplinary curricula & approaches • Address developmental needs and mentoring for students and teachers 5
  6. 6. Recommendations for Action • Communicate ideas to policymakers/leaders • Communicate/collaborate online • Continue conversations at local, state, regional, and national levels • Collaborate with K-12 and university partners • Ask congress to support the NSF budget • Local and individual action: support reform efforts at home • Disseminate report: American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) 6
  7. 7. MCC Planning Team • Peter Brown • David Nachman* Biology Faculty Chemistry Faculty • Niccole Cerveny • Ly Tran-Nguyen Geography Faculty Psychology Faculty • Madeleine Chowdhury* • Naomi Story*, Faculty Math Faculty and Director, Center for Faculty Developer Teaching and Learning • Mangala Joshua • Carol Achs, Dean of Physics Faculty Math, Science and • Shereen Lerner Physical Education Anthropology Faculty • Andrea Greene*, Dean • Jonelle Moore of Institutional Research and Planning English Faculty 7