Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals generate a stream of scientific discoveries and technological innovations that fuel job creation and national economic growth. Ensuring a robust supply of these professionals is critical for sustaining growth and creating jobs growth at a time of intense global competition. Undergraduate STEM education prepares the STEM professionals of today and those of tomorrow, while also helping all students develop knowledge and skills they can draw on in a variety of occupations and as individual citizens. However, many capable students intending to major in STEM later switch to another field or drop out of higher education altogether, partly because of documented weaknesses in STEM teaching, learning and student supports. Improving undergraduate STEM education to address these weaknesses is a national imperative.
Many initiatives are now underway to improve the quality of undergraduate STEM teaching and learning. Some focus on the national level, others involve multi-institution collaborations, and others take place on individual campuses. At present, however, policymakers and the public do not know whether these various initiatives are accomplishing their goals and leading to nationwide improvement in undergraduate STEM education.
Indicators for Monitoring Undergraduate STEM Education outlines a framework and a set of indicators that document the status and quality of undergraduate STEM education at the national level over multiple years. It also indicates areas where additional research is needed in order to develop appropriate measures. This publication will be valuable to government agencies that make investments in higher education, institutions of higher education, private funders of higher education programs, and industry stakeholders. It will also be of interest to researchers who study higher education.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Indicators for Monitoring Undergraduate STEM Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/24943.
|2 Conceptual Framework for the Indicator System||37-54|
|3 Goal 1: Increase Students' Mastery of STEM Concepts and Skills||55-86|
|4 Goal 2: Strive for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion||87-110|
|5 Goal 3: Ensure Adequate Numbers of STEM Professionals||111-126|
|6 Existing Data Sources and Monitoring Systems||127-176|
|7 Implementing the Indicator System||177-200|
|Appendix A: Public Comments on Draft Report and Committee Response||201-208|
|Appendix B: Possible Formulas for Calculating Selected Indicators||209-214|
|Appendix C: Agendas: Workshop and Public Comment Meeting||215-220|
|Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff||221-228|
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