23 août 2014

NASA aims to increase STEM at community, technical colleges

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. NASA's Office of Education will award more than $17.3 million through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at community colleges and technical schools across the U.S. Each award has a two-year performance period and a maximum value of $500,000. More...

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17 août 2014

Colleges try to polish allure of STEM to Hispanics

eCampus NewsBy . Breaking STEM stereotypes to students, raising scores is a challenge for higher education. The teenager crossed her fingers. The dark pellet was supposed to levitate. Like magic, it floated an inch into the air. More...

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16 août 2014

Britain’s maths policy simply doesn’t add up

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy Jo Boaler. Yesterday was an important day for gender equity in mathematics. For the first time, the Fields Medal was awarded to a woman – my colleague at Stanford University, Maryam Mirzakhani. It is a much-deserved prize for one of the most exciting mathematicians of our time. Read more...

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31 juillet 2014

Professor argues GRE hurts STEM, women and minorities

eCampus NewsBy . The Graduate Record Examinations, a standardized test developed more than 60 years ago and a requirement at most U.S. grad schools, is not a good predictor of a student’s ultimate success, and is the primary barrier holding back women and minority students, said Casey Miller, a professor of physics at USF and co-author of “A Test that Fails,” published last month in the journal Nature. More...

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12 juillet 2014

STEM Graduates Likelier to Have Jobs, but Most Don’t Work in STEM Fields

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . New census data show that college graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics—the STEM fields—are more likely than other graduates to have jobs. But almost 75 percent of them don’t actually work in those fields, according to the data. More...

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29 juin 2014

Grand challenges for mathematics education

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. On Twitter this week, someone sent out a link to this survey from the NCTM asking users to submit their ideas for “grand challenges” for mathematics education in the coming years. I forget the precise definition and parameters for a “grand challenge” and I can’t go back to the beginning of the survey now that I’ve completed it, but the gist is that a grand challenge should be “extremely difficult but doable”, should make a positive impact on a large group of mathematics students, and should be grounded in sound pedagogical research. More...

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22 juin 2014

Three updates on Mathematica and The Wolfram Language

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. Greetings from Indianapolis, my old stomping grounds, where I’m attending the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education Conference. I’m speaking tomorrow morning on the flipped classroom in calculus and its implications for engineering education, and I’m also the Mathematics Division chair this year and so I have some plate-spinning functions to perform. More...

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Are Higher Education Humanities Majors Really Declining?

With the rise of the 21st century knowledge economy, many politicians and experts have been saying something similar about humanities education. They say all the best jobs will be in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — and encourage students not to major in the humanities.
So there’s a kind of plague spreading in humanities departments everywhere, at least according to popular media reports. With fewer and fewer English and literature majors, people are getting ready to declare the humanities dead or dying, even though it’s far from dead. More...

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Is the GRE Too Influential?

HomeBy Charlie Tyson. The low numbers of female and minority students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields has been fodder for much debate. A new analysis argues that the GRE, a standardized test that most U.S. graduate schools require, is in part to blame. Read more...

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13 juin 2014

New ACT will have STEM focus

eCampus NewsBy . A new category in the scoring of the ACT will offer students a separate score on STEM performance. The popular ACT college admissions exam is broadening how it reports students’ scores. More...

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