The AAC&U STEM Conference addresses the national imperative to produce more competitively trained and liberally educated STEM graduates. It is designed to assist colleges and universities as they work to make inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education. With attention to the complexity and criticality of these issues, the AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal STEM Conference will focus on the inextricable link between increasing STEM baccalaureate degree earners and ensuring a scientifically literate citizenry. Issues the conference will address include integrative, cross-disciplinary STEM teaching and learning; inclusive excellence and broadening participation in STEM; STEM faculty support and reward systems; and institutional transformation to advance hands-on learning and to increase all students’ achievement of key learning outcomes.
AAC&U intends to leverage the interests it shares with the national undergraduate STEM reform community to diversify the undergraduate STEM disciplines and to support a national community of STEM faculty and administrators who are developing learning environments that support and empower all students.
Ensuring that STEM higher education reform remains at the center of our nation’s discourse, particularly as the challenge to meet demands for the STEM workforce grows, will require radically different approaches, deeper levels of intentionality, and a stronger willingness to embrace all disciplines, include all students, and engage all perspectives. Conference sessions will explore the latest research findings on how students learn; bridge theory with practice; and examine the many ways that communities of practice, both institutional and national, can strategically and synergistically contribute to undergraduate STEM education reform.