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Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC)

Key Highlights

  • Aiming to transform undergraduate STEM education, APLU created a network of over 200 STEM Education Centers to promulgate best practices and address shared challenges. It has a robust and growing web presence: with 130 live center profiles, a STEM Education Innovation Database, resources, and news for the community and stakeholders.
  • NSEC is creating a coalition to address and engage in practices that are cross- and multi-institutional via seed grants for collaborative research and implementation. NSEC has supported seven STEM education transformation communities.
  • Leading research on Understanding STEM Education Centers with 10 site visits, cross site analysis, case studies and survey. Research is led by Deborah Carlisle and Gabriela Weaver at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The United States faces a growing shortage of STEM professionals equipped to make discoveries, pioneer innovations, and lead organizations necessary to maintain U.S. competitiveness. Not enough students pursue careers in STEM fields and too many of the ones who do never earn a degree in these disciplines because they encounter insurmountable hurdles.

Many universities have recognized this and established STEM education centers as the campus hub for improving the STEM learning experience for students, broadening participation in STEM, broadening the impact of campus research, and supporting national and regional scale improvement in STEM education. With National Science Foundation funding, APLU and partner organizations launched a national STEM Education Centers Network to elevate the importance of this work, share best practices, and mobilize the institutional change necessary for improving post-secondary STEM education nationally. To learn more, visit the NSEC website.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1524832. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.