Part III: Serving Majors
Institutions preparing students for STEM careers:
have a curricular vision that embodies a view of the world in which students will live
make investments in faculty, at all career stages, so they remain current with developments in their research field, able to translate scientific and technological advances into meaningful learning experiences for their students
ensure that physical infrastructure (spaces and instrumentation) reflects the current state- of-the-art for the practice of science, engineering and technology.
Departments preparing students for STEM careers:
set clear goals for student learning
ask key questions in designing/redesigning, implementing and evaluating all aspects of the academic program
understand how goals for student learning can mirror capacities and understandings expected in the 21st century workplace
recognize how introductory courses motivate students to persist in the study
provide apprentice opportunities for students within and beyond the campus
keep in touch with alumni.
Faculty preparing students for STEM careers:
keep informed about new directions and opportunities in scientific and technological fields related to their scholarly interests
know the career potential and aspirations of students as individuals
maintain a research agenda that afford significant opportunities for student/faculty research collaborations.
Spaces serving the preparation of students for STEM careers:
accommodate a research-intensive and technology-intensive learning environment
facilitate access to instrumentation common in the study and practice of science/technology
accommodate the pedagogical approaches that lead to the development of skills for the 21st century workforce: team-work, problem-posing/solving, etc.
accommodate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the practice of science
play a role in recruiting strong faculty scholars.
Connections serving the preparation of students for STEM careers are to:
K-12 communities with collaborative programs that attract potential teachers
corporate/industrial partners that provide research opportunities for faculty and students
graduate schools that seek and educate alumni
the community surrounding the campus that serves and is served by students learning.