UCLA is among 12 universities nationally to be awarded a grant from the Association of American Universities (AAU) to fund workshops on campus over the next year to share and discuss all programs that support and retain undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The first workshop, to be held in late spring on campus, will focus on advising, tutoring, career and professional development, research and mentoring activities and other-curricular student support programs. A second workshop in the fall will examine changes in how courses are taught, how grades are assessed and ways to change the culture in and outside the classroom to better support students in their educational goals. A third workshop,to be held next year, will bring all relevant stakeholders together to discuss a variety of issues on which they can work together and to identify opportunities for collaboration.
These workshops will be organized by life sciences professors Gina Poe and Megan McEvoy, Co-Directors of UCLA’s new Center for Opportunities to Maximize Participation, Access, and Student Success (COMPASS), and by Erin Sanders, Director of the Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences. Nearly 200 STEM stakeholders across campus will be invited to attend the workshops.
Each meeting will be attended by the deans of engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, public health, and the dean and vice provost for undergraduate education. They will use the findings to plan funding priorities and to create lasting change, Poe said.