What Works: 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
  • help students connect what they are learning in classroom and lab to the real world
  • 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