Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 10th from 3:00-5:00 pm Milam 215, when we will discuss the National Academies’ consensus report on Discipline-based Education Research (NRC 2012) and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report on improving undergraduate STEM education, entitled Engage to Excel (PCAST 2012). We will be reviewing these two reports on what they suggest about evidence-based practices for improved STEM education at the undergraduate level, and use the policy recommendations from both reports to reflect on the current political climate around STEM education reform. Refreshments provided.


Background: The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Academy of Sciences assert in recent reports the importance of retention of STEM undergraduates during those critical first two years where student attrition is related to the quality of instruction.  Both recommend that universities and colleges widely adopt empirically validated teaching practices to improve student outcomes and transform undergraduate STEM education.  Join the Center for a salon to learn more about the recommendations in these reports, the evidence they are based on, and the significance for the growing field of discipline-based education research and movements to transform undergraduate instruction. This salon will be of interest to academic administrators, educational researchers, and anyone who teaches at the undergraduate level.

A link to the document can be found here


EVENT: Speaking Salon #2: Evidence Based Practices in Undergradutae Education 

Wednesday December 10th

3:00- 5:00 PM 

Milam 215