Disconnections Between Research and Practice in STEM Education

An overarching goal of STEM education research is to identify how to improve STEM learning environments through the lenses of education and social science. To make this work most effectively, this research needs to be shared with individuals directly involved in teaching or managing STEM courses. Ahlam Lee of Xavier University discusses how to make this happen.

Report Recommends Needed Changes to STEM Graduate-Level Education

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a report titled Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, which outlines several recommendations for necessary changes required to meet the needs of modern STEM students through a set of updated and student-centered CORE competencies and cultural shifts in what is valued in the academy.

Faces of Dreamers: Jacob Maldonado and Maria Campos, Trevecca Nazarene University

Dreamers Jacob Maldonado and Maria Campos, best friends and fellow students at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, persevered in their studies despite wondering if it was still worth pursuing their college degrees after the 2016 elections and political winds shifting against the DACA policy.

It Doesn’t Always Get Better for Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum College Students

Many queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students continue to navigate stigma, peer aggression, and exclusion well into their college years. Researchers are beginning to capture their experiences, which could help lead the way to change.

Series by Third Way and AEI Sheds Light on College Completion

Elevating College Completion is a recently released series that aims to inform readers about how many students who enter undergraduate programs end up completing their degree. It examines some potential policy tools that could be used to incentivize institutions to take steps to increase their completion rates.

Analysis Traces Trends in Graduate Student Debt by Race and Ethnicity

Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor at Seton Hall University, recently wrote a blog post using the newly released NPSAS:16 data investigating graduate student debt by race and ethnicity.

STEM Climate for Students with Disabilities

More students with disabilities of all types are enrolling in postsecondary education institutions than ever before. Yet fewer of them persist to graduation relative to their peers without disabilities, and still fewer graduate with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics degrees. Rachel Friedensen, postdocotoral research associate at Iowa State University, examines this dilemma.

New Analysis Reinforces the Racial Disparities of Student Debt

The recent release of the 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study has very quickly raised concern and alarm around which students face the largest debt burdens.

HBCUs, Black Women, and STEM Success

While HBCUs do their share of producing black graduates with STEM degrees, there is a greater need for equity throughout the education pipeline and in workforce hiring practices, writes Howard University’s Caroline Harper in the latest post in the series, “Campus Climate and STEM Success.”

College on the Autism Spectrum

Most first-time college students face challenges adjusting to new academic demands and campus life. For students on the autism spectrum, these challenges can be overwhelming—but with the proper support, they don’t have to be.

Success of Part-Time Community College Students is Important, EAB Reports

EAB recently released a report that reveals the growing importance of the success part-time students who are attending community colleges.

Faces of Dreamers: Rosa Sanchez, TheDream.US Scholarship Recipient

Rosa Sanchez, a leader and top in her class, worried about affording college given that Dreamers can’t receive federal student financial aid. Thanks to a TheDream.US scholarship, she can follow her dream of studying to be a neurosurgeon.