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Brown is a project site for AAU STEM effort

June 26, 2013

Brown University is one of eight research universities chosen as a project site for a national effort at improving undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Graduate students in STEM areas will work with faculty, the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Brown Science Center to develop new curricula that emphasize hands-on learning, group problem solving, and opportunities for original research.

“Brown has a rich history of innovation in teaching and a collegial faculty willing to share their best ideas with each other,” said Katherine Bergeron, dean of the College at Brown. “Those strengths make Brown an ideal place to contribute to a national conversation about how to transform the teaching of college science.”

In addition to the project sites, the grant from the Association of American Universities will create a STEM network in which it expects most or all of its 62 universities to participate. The network will enable faculty and administrators at AAU institutions to share best practices developed at Brown and at other project sites and campuses. The eight project sites were chosen from among 31 AAU universities that submitted concept papers. Papers were assessed on a number of criteria, including the degree of faculty engagement, institutional commitment, likelihood of sustained organizational change, and commitment to evaluation and assessment.

Read more of Kevin Stacey's article about the AAU STEM effort.