By Kacy Redd, Ph.D.
As STEM Education Centers (SECs) grow in prominence on college campuses across the country, a new report released today details how universities can pair the work of these critical hubs aimed at improving teaching and student success in STEM fields with their Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTLs). The Collaborating at the Center report, written by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the POD Network in Higher Education, presents key recommendations on ways these two distinct types of campus-based centers can work more closely to further national STEM education improvement efforts.
In recognition of their strong commitment to economic engagement, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) this month designated six public institutions in the 2016 class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities. The designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development. Each university received the designation after conducting a thorough self-review with outside stakeholder input followed by a rigorous independent review process of their applications for the award.