STEM Central

A Community of Practice for NSF STEM Projects

Transforming STEM Education: Inquiry, Innovation, Inclusion, and Evidence

Transforming STEM Education: Inquiry, Innovation, Inclusion, and Evidence will bring together forward-thinking STEM faculty and academic leaders from all sectors of higher education to share innovations, evidence, and practical strategies for succeeding in the dual STEM challenges of this era:

1) Reversing the dramatic U.S. loss of needed talent in STEM disciplines, using evidence-based practices that increase persistence and achievement for all students, with particular attention to students from underrepresented groups;

2) Ensuring that all STEM graduates build--from the outset of their studies--the multi-disciplinary knowledge, research skills, and mindsets needed to address the complex challenges to be faced in every sphere of society.

This STEM conference is organized by Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), a catalyst for STEM education reform and inclusive excellence, and the STEM leadership center within AAC&U.  Consistent with recent recommendations from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), this conference will place special emphasis on practices that engage students in integrative STEM learning, across the curriculum, with problem-based inquiry and cross-disciplinary analysis.  The conference will give special attention to practices that demonstrably increase underrepresented student persistence and success in STEM disciplines.  The conference is designed to support campus teams that include faculty from the full range of STEM disciplines, as well as administrators with broad responsibility for educational excellence and renewal.


Sand Diego, CA