Tobin Smith - AAU Undergraduate STEM Initiative


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Presented by Tobin Smith at the 67th Annual ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions on March 15, 2012

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Tobin Smith - AAU Undergraduate STEM Initiative

  1. 1. AAU Undergraduate STEM InitiativeTobin SmithAAU Vice President for Policy
  2. 2. Mission StatementThe goal of the AAU Undergraduate STEMEducation Initiative is to help influencechange in the culture of STEM departmentsat AAU universities so that they will useevidence-based, student-centered, active,sustainable pedagogy in their classes,particularly at the freshman and sophomorelevels.
  3. 3. The Motivation…The Five Minute University
  4. 4. Rationale  Workforce needs → Competitiveness  Desire for a scientifically-literate population  New scholarship on what works in the classroom: evidence-based teaching methods  Several AAU institutions are already at the forefront of improving STEM undergraduate education
  5. 5. Problem Completion Broad based literacy Research universities don’t produce as many STEM majors as other colleges and universities
  6. 6. Key ComponentsFramework (Goal #1)Demonstration Projects (Goal #2)Incentives (Goals #3 and #4)Promising Practices (Goal #5)
  7. 7. Framework [Goal #1]
  8. 8. Out with the old…
  9. 9. In with the new…
  10. 10. Demonstration Projects [Goal #2]A subset of AAU institutions willbe identified to serve asdemonstration sites that willimplement the framework. Activities will include developing tools to measure: Vs. The quality of teaching and learning in STEM classes How evidence-based teaching methods are being used The effects of improved teaching on STEM and Non-STEM majors
  11. 11. Incentives [Goals #3 and#4] FEDERAL INSTITUTIONA L Work with federal agencies on mechanisms to encourage good teaching Explore institutional and departmental incentives for good teaching Including: ◦ Working with HHMI and others on promising practices for evaluating teaching in promotion and tenure
  12. 12. Promising Practices [Goal #5]To develop effective means for sharing information about promising & effective undergraduate STEM programs, approaches, and methods.Key ProjectsPromising Practices Resource Booklet &WorkshopProgram Evaluation Techniques
  13. 13. Other Parallel Efforts Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) Business Higher-Education Forum (BHEF) Primary Area(s) of Emphasis Target Institutions Mechanisms for Implementation Retention of Broader Women, Minorities Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Institutional Graduate Student and other Under- Comprehensive Minority Course Policies and Training/Future represented groups K-12 Teacher Research and Liberal Arts Serving Community Demonstration Workshops/Forums/ Research Pedagogy Content/Curriculum Practices Workforce Development Faculty Development Faculty Development in STEM Development Universities Colleges Institutions Colleges Incentives Projects Conferences/Seminars Framework Course Re-design Study Association of American Universities (AAU): Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative l l l l l l Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU): Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMITI) l l l l l Association of Public Land-grant Universities(APLU): Minority Male STEM Bay View Alliance (BVA) Initiative l l l l l Association of Public Land-grant Universities(APLU)/American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)/Open Learning Initiative (OLI): Cognitive Coursewares Design l l l l l l Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF): STEM Higher Education Workforce Projects l l l l l Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI): Society of HHMI Professors l l l l l Many others… Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) l l l l l l Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL): Framework for Institutional Effectiveness in STEM Learning l l l l l l Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL): Leadership for 21st Century STEM l l l l l l Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL): STEM Student Transfer Success l l l l l l Bay View Alliance (BVA) l l l l l Reinvention Center l l l l Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education l l l l University of Texas-Austin/U-Teach Institute/National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI): U-Teach Program l l l l American Physical Society: Support Programs for Undergraduate Instruction l l l l l l l l American Association of Community Colleges (AACC): Advanced Technical Education Program l l l l
  14. 14. Complementary Reports President’sCouncil of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST): Engage to Excel Report NationalResearch Council (NRC): Discipline- Based Education Research Report (Expected mid- 2012)
  15. 15. Discussion and Q&A