Occasional Paper I: What Works: A Research-Rich Environment
A Focus on the Context
Building strong undergraduate programs in science and mathematics is likely to be no more costly per degree produced than traditional approaches that result in high attrition.
Providing modest funding, on a matching basis, of some added costs of building and sustaining a strong undergraduate sector would be a cost-effective way for government and foundations to join in a new partnership with colleges and universities.
The undergraduate experience in the critical time to inspire the commitment of students to careers in science and mathematics, those who will become K-12 teachers, as well as those who will become corporate and civic leaders and professionals.
Discussions about the national context for undergraduate science and mathematics should always include the K-16 continuum.
Finding better indicators to predict success in graduate school would reduce dependence on the GREâs as a criterion for admission.
Moving from successful pilot projects to nation-wide reform could be facilitated by regional resource centers.
Publishers of educational materials should support the development of innovative course work.
Recognizing that an informed and supportive public is essential if we are to have an undergraduate science and mathematics community that serves the national purpose, we recommend: