AAC&U 2020 Transforming STEM Higher Education

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2020 Transforming STEM Higher Education

This Changes Everything

November 5, 2020 to November 7, 2020 Virtual Learning Experience

Everything Must Change, the 1970s jazz hit by Benard Ighner, offers both a commentary on and a forecast for the reform of STEM higher education. The crippling impacts of a global pandemic, social unrest, political turmoil, and a scientifically illiterate populace have fundamentally changed how we see ourselves, our institutions, and the work that lies before us. Hopefully.


AAC&U and its Project Kaleidoscope urgently invite you to join us virtually for a STEM Conference that will grapple with the undeniable truths, paradoxes, and peculiarities of what is at the heart of our nation’s STEM higher education reform enterprise—us. Through a new lens—shaped by contemporary realities, our own ten-year transformation to embody a voice and a force for undergraduate STEM reform, and our co-creation with you of a national agenda—the stage is now set for deeper levels of awareness and examination of the conditions that are required for true reform to take place. These conditions begin with the recognition that the mere commitment to include the broadest range of STEM faculty and student talent is necessary, but insufficient, because true inclusion must be desired—and desired for the right reasons. Second, leadership—at all levels—matters. Period. And third, the tragedy and sorrow of current events lead us to agree that we can no longer afford to delay the inevitable change that must occur within each of us.



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