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APLU INCLUDES: A Collective Approach to Broadening Participation in the STEM Professoriate

APLU is one of the National Science Foundation's first-ever NSF INCLUDES pilot grants.  INCLUDES is the NSF acronym for (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoveries in Engineering and Sciences).  The program aims to create alliances and partnerships to broaden participation in the STEM workforce by improving access to STEM education and career pathways at a significant national scale. It is a special new effort for NSF, listed as one of its 10 Big Ideas for Future Investments in 2016.  APLU is honored to be one of the grant recipients.


Project Goal

This new NSF “Design and Development Launch Pilot” grant for APLU constitutes a foundation towards our association’s initiative to diversify the professoriate—a goal stimulated by a discussion at APLU’s  Board of Directors meeting this past February.  APLU aims to become a national alliance to help member institutions increase the number of STEM faculty from underrepresented and traditionally underserved groups, including women, members of minority racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and persons from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Project Objectives

In this initial two year period, APLU will conduct project activities aimed at achieving the following three objectives:

  • Objective 1: Develop a set of diagnostic tools and practices to more effectively recruit, hire, retain, and support faculty from traditionally underrepresented populations within STEM.
  • Objective 2: Identify a suite of transformative institutional activities to increase participation along the STEM pathways toward the professoriate in order to build the pool of future candidates.  Engage a network of institution clusters for implementation.
  • Objective 3: Evaluate the adequacy and coverage of current data sources and metrics available to track the progress and success of STEM students from entry into postsecondary education through the professoriate.

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