The State of Science and Engineering in Higher Education

The National Science Board has released their annual Higher Education in Science and Engineering Report, which provides information on the state of science and engineering (S&E) across the United States.

George Mason’s New Digital Technology Certification Is Preparing Today’s Grads for Tomorrow’s Economy

The new digital technology credit at George Mason University, designed with detailed guidance from several major business in the Washington area, helps ensure that graduates will have skills and extensive knowledge in fields like statistics, data visualization, and cybersecurity.

Minority Serving Institutions and STEM: Acting Intentionally, Increasing Effectiveness

ACE Vice President Lorelle L. Espinosa, who co-chaired the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s committee on Minority Serving Institutions, writes that the most successful STEM programs are multidimensional and intentional, addressing the academic, financial, and social aspects of the student experience.

Florida HBCU Works to Advance Its Women STEM Faculty

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University has launched an initiative to improve the campus climate for women faculty in STEM and social and behavioral science fields.

ACE, Higher Education Groups Hold Briefing on International Students

ACE, along with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Association of American Universities, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill this week on international students and their importance to the American innovation ecosystem.

Study Examines Racial Gaps in Persistence for STEM Programs

A recent study in the journal Educational Researcher finds that Black and Latino/a students who begin college as STEM majors are more likely than their White counterparts to switch majors or leave college, and that these racial disparities in student success are larger in STEM fields than in others.

Increasing Representation of Underrepresented Groups Among STEM Faculty Members

Just as important as creating interest in STEM among students is achieving a more diverse STEM faculty. Having more role models can help students better imagine a similar career trajectory for themselves. Suzanna Rose of Florida International University looks at how institutions can pursue equity and representation among their faculty.

APLU Report Finds Minorities Lack Representation in Engineering Education

A recent report written by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities used data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to examine the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in engineering education in the United States.

More Women Peers Helps Women Succeed in STEM, NBER Finds

A recent National Bureau of Economic Research working paper finds that women enrolled in STEM doctoral programs are more likely to persist and to graduate on time when women comprise a greater share of their student peers.

USC Releases Report on Initiative for Improvement in STEM Learning Environments

A recent report from the University of Southern California’s Pullias Center for Higher Education summarizes the key findings from an AAU initiative guiding academic departments to use student-centered, evidence-based teaching as a way to improve undergraduate science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) education

Study Finds Financial Aid Increases Likelihood of Qualified Students Pursuing STEM Degrees

A recent study published from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice suggested that a major factor in a student’s decision not to pursue a STEM degree may come from a lack of financial resources.

Climate, Mentoring, and Persistence Among Underrepresented STEM Doctoral Students

To ensure true equity and success for underrepresented students in STEM, institutional efforts to increase demographic diversity through recruitment must be accompanied by the creation of an inclusive environment where students can thrive.