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The National Academy of Sciences
Teacher Advisory Council, Board on Science Education, Board on Higher Education and the Workforce, and Board on Life Sciences
The National Academy of Engineering
Program Office
Carnegie Institution for Science
Carnegie Academy for Science Education

Community Colleges in the Evolving STEM Education Landscape

December 15, 2011

Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005


8:30                 Registration (breakfast available in meeting room)

9:00                 Welcome and Introductions

9:30                 Community college opportunities and challenges in STEM

  • Jane Oates, Department of Labor

-The need for a robust, diverse STEM workforce
-The potential of community colleges to meet this need

  • Eric Bettinger, Stanford University

-To Be or Not to Be:  Major Choices in Budding Scientists Click Here to download PDF of this presentation.

  • Student Perspective on STEM pathways (video)
  • Questions and General discussion

10:30               Break

10:45               Key Issues in Realizing the Potential of Community Colleges

12:30-2:00       Working Lunch:  Focus on underrepresented minorities in STEM

1:00                 Keynote Address:  Expanding Minority Participation in Undergraduate STEM

2:00                 Introduction to Breakout Discussions

2:15-3:00         Breakout discussions

  • The 2-year Math Curriculum
  • Outreach, Recruitment, and Mentoring in STEM
  • Transfer from 2-year to 4-year STEM

Discussion Questions

  • How does this issue (e.g., transfer) affect teacher quality in STEM?
  • What are the next steps in this area to improve student pathways in STEM?
  • What institutional, state, or federal policies are needed, including financial aid policies?
  • What steps can you take now to improve student pathways?
  • What further research is needed to guide policy and practice?

3:00               Merging of Groups by Topic

3:15               Break

3:30               Reports from Breakout Groups- George Boggs

4:00                 Realizing the potential of community colleges in the evolving STEM education landscape:  Next steps for practice, policy, and research

  • Committee members’ reflections
  • Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • V. Celeste Carter, National Science Foundation
  • General discussion

5:00                 Adjourn





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