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Impact of STEM at The University of Arizona

August, 2018

Impact of STEM at The University of Arizona Involvement in the Association of American Universities Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative grew into the UA Learning Initiative.

The initiative includes:


Link to main story: STEM shifts in higher ed

Ties that bind a higher ed campus together

August, 2018
MOUNTAINEERING IN MOAB—Rollins College students and faculty often participate in service-learning projects. A 2016 alternative spring break trip featured camping in Utah while helping to remove invasive plant species and restore native desert habitats.

Here are nine places to foster ties among faculty and students.

STEM shifts in higher ed

August, 2018
ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT—The rise of STEM has encouraged learning through group exercises, such as how students in this University of Arizona course on structural geology examined a geological cross section from South Dakota to Eastern Idaho to determine the impact of plate tectonic interactions.

What began as a push to increase the number and diversity of students studying STEM has evolved into a full-scale effort to improve teaching and learning.

Challenges in managing huddle rooms

June, 2018

As huddle rooms within academic buildings grow in popularity, what challenges—perhaps unexpected ones—tend to crop up for administrators and professors? 

Colleges teach students first-class finance

June, 2018

Many colleges and universities are ramping up their efforts to teach students how to manage loan payments and other expenses.

Sponsored Content

8/21/2018

The evolution of technology and online learning is enabling institutions to expand access to education across a broader spectrum of learners, by providing learning opportunities outside the limits of time, place or distance.

From left to right: Lisa McIntyre-Hite, Executive Director of Product Innovation, Walden University; Christopher Sessums, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L

The demographics of today’s higher ed learners are shifting dramatically. Those once considered nontraditional learners—adults looking to change career paths, workers returning to school for certifications or students requiring flexible learning paths—have become the norm.

How must institutions respond to these changing demographics to meet the evolving demands of these ‘new traditional’ students? How can institutions use technology and data to drive student success and to support continuous improvement in this changing environment?

From left to right: Jacqui Spicer, Chief Operating Officer, Baker College; Gus Ortiz, Managed Services Program Manager and Principal Consultant, Jenzabar

Under pressure to contain costs and improve efficiency, many institutions are turning to cloud-based models for their ERP, HR, finance and other crucial systems. Cloud models create more collaborative, interactive environments wherein critical data is more accessible, making more resources available for institutions to better serve students.

From left to right: Jon MacMillan, Senior Data Analyst, Rapid Insight; Charles Ansell, Chief Operating Officer, Community College System of New Hampshire

Every institution has access to data that can help to drive more effective decision-making; the challenge is that often it resides in silos around campus. By democratizing data access across the institution and building a data-focused campus culture, staff are empowered to make more effective decisions.

University Business (UB) and Polycom collaborated to develop a survey to explore the use of technologies such as video conferencing in higher education. It was deployed to the UB audience on May 11, 2018, and some 213 respondents participated, from a variety of campus departments, and from many different types and sizes of institutions across the country.

Polycom provides video, voice and content sharing solutions that empower educators to deliver the next generation of immersive, collaborative learning experiences.