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.
As of July 15, 2019, NSEC links 213 STEM Education Centers/Institutes/Programs (SEC) at 168 institutions (from 293 SECs at 220 institutions identified to date). Yellow stars indicate institutions with centers with a profile at NSEC.
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.