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Research Universities: Working to Improve Undergraduate STEM Education

September 20th, 2011
By Hunter R. Rawlings III, President, Association of American Universities (AAU)
Two out of five entering college freshmen who plan to major in STEM fields switch to non-STEM majors by the time they graduate; in addition, completion rates for STEM majors are lower than for non-STEM majors. Given this gap in the STEM pipeline, and the serious impact it has on our nation, the Association of American Universities last week launched a five-year initiative to improve the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning in STEM fields at our member institutions. ... More

Modeling the Success of Metropolitan College: The Business-Higher Education Forum's Simulation Series

BHEF Publications
Learn and Earn programs are partnerships between academic institutions and corporations that provide postsecondary educational opportunities to help students improve their employment outcomes. One such Learn and Earn program, the Louisville-based Metropolitan College, is a joint education and workforce initiative among the state’s largest employer, United Parcel Service, the University of Louisville, and Jefferson Community and Technical College. ... More

Lessons in Education Philanthropy: Proceedings from BHEF's Inaugural Institute for Strategic Investment in Education

BHEF Publications
The event convened over 45 corporate and private philanthropic leaders and education leaders for two and a half days to explore how best to leverage corporate philanthropic monies to maximize the impact on education. ... More

The Boston Compact

Regional Effort
Originally formed in 1982 at the urging of the business community, the Boston Compact joined Boston business leaders, the Mayor of Boston, the Boston Public Schools (BPS), and local higher education institutions in an effort to improve student achievement in the city’s public schools. ... More

Greater Louisville Education Commitment

Regional Effort
The Greater Louisville Education Commitment demonstrates how commitment and co-operation between corporate, educational institutions, and the community as a whole can act to institutionalize academic reform and change. ... More

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

Program that Works
NBPTS has established a certification process (similar to those in accounting, law, or medicine) in which teachers with at least three years of full-time teaching experience completes an extensive self-assessment portfolio and exercises. ... More

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