Undergraduate Education Program

National Academy of Sciences

Jay Labov
Washington, DC
December 2016

Improvement of undergraduate education and student learning increasingly is a high priority policy and political issue at both the state and national levels.  Success in promoting distinctive learning experiences for undergraduates in the sciences, engineering, and the liberal arts depends upon reaching consensus and shared vision among a multidimensional array of interests and often competing goals and priorities.  To address these issues strategically, systemically, and holistically, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will establish the Academies Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education.  The roundtable will enable leaders from across the STEM policy, research, and implementation communities of higher education to convene in a neutral space that is overseen by one of the nation’s most respected sources of policy research and advice.  This process will allow all member organizations to (1) learn from each other's efforts, (2) work more efficiently to address complex issues related to undergraduate STEM education, and (3) make collective decisions about future policies and priorities as well as plan their own work based on deeper understanding of the perspectives of other stakeholders in the system.

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