STEM Higher Ed Council Formed to Increase America’s STEM Talent Pipeline
WASHINGTON, DC | STEMconnector® is proud to announce its newest initiative - the STEM Higher Education Council (HEC) – a national forum for college and university leaders to address America’s need for STEM talent through innovative education, training and strategic partnerships with business and industry.
Rob Denson, President of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), will Chair the Council with Martha Kanter and Dr. Freeman Hrabowski serving as its Senior Advisors. Dr. Kanter is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education at New York University, having previously served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education (2009-2013). Dr. Freeman Hrabowski is President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, holding that office since 1992. Denson, Kanter and Hrabowski will guide the design and implementation of the Council’s vision, goals and accomplishments.
Achieving impact is the organizing principle of the STEM Higher Ed Council by assembling key thought leaders to inform decision makers from business, government and higher education to improve access to viable STEM career pathways for students and optimizing their success. A unique characteristic of the Council will be its composition of 2 and 4-year colleges and universities focused on bridging early excitement in STEM to success in higher education and careers. HEC members will stimulate dialogue, collaboration and innovation between diverse stakeholders from industry, state and local government, federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to improve STEM outcomes. The Council will couple student preparation with highly dynamic workforce demands driven by the rapidly changing global marketplace. STEMconnector®’s business-led initiatives like its STEM Innovation Task Force (SITF) and the STEM Food and Ag Council (SFAC) and its communications platform, including the STEMdaily® online newsletter, will be integral to the Council’s work, amplifying the HEC’s reach and impact. Some distinguishing characteristics of the STEM HEC are that it:
Leads a high-energy and national “boundary-breaking STEM collaboration” of industry, government and education with an action-oriented agenda.
Promotes high-impact strategies that improve outcomes in STEM education at all levels.
Focuses on the unique role of Higher Education connecting students to the workforce and STEM careers.
Collaborates with business to calibrate supply with workforce demand.
Emphasizes providing workplace-learning experiences to inform student preparation and career choices.
Showcases model partnerships between higher education and industry that achieve measurable results and scale.
Incorporates a diverse array of institutions including Community Colleges, Public and Land Grant Universities, Private Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions.
Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and chair of STEMconnector®’s STEM Food & Ag Council, enthusiastically supports the HEC. She said: “We’re pleased Rob will take his passion and leadership to STEMconnector®’s Higher Education Council as its new chairman. Rob is an engaged member of the Governor’s STEM Council and will help drive the message that great careers await students who obtain the STEM skills to fill the jobs.”
Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector®, is thrilled to have the team of Rob Denson, Martha Kanter and Freeman Hrabowski launching HEC, noting that “Martha has devoted her life to drive change in higher education to increase student access and success. Her innovation, drive and commitment to new initiatives is legendary and her advocacy for providing viable and adaptable career pathways for students is second to none. Dr. Hrabowski’s research focus on science and math education, participation on national academies and committees, recognition as one of America’s Best Leaders, and reputation for excellence will bring a priceless level of quality to the Council’s work.”
The Council will kick off with its first Summit “From Opportunity to Impact” on October 8, 2014 in New York City. Business and higher education leaders will showcase pioneering examples of partnerships that ensure student success in college and careers. Participants will share best-in-class STEM models of workplace learning through internships, co-op programs and mentorships, especially focused on engaging underrepresented populations in STEM fields leading to employment. A variety of face-to-face and virtual meetings and events will be held each year to encourage game-changing collaboration between higher education, government and industry.
To find out how you can become involved with the STEM Higher Education Council, contact Ted Wells, Chief Strategy Officer, STEMconnector® at Ted.Wells@STEMconnector.org.
About the STEM Higher Education Council
The STEMconnector® STEM Higher Education Council (HEC) is the leadership forum of pubic and private colleges and universities intently focused on STEM education and careers and committed to the highest levels of achievement and success for students, institutions, businesses and communities in all STEM related educational and professional endeavors. Current members include: Des Moines Area Community College, Arizona State University, Taft College, Austin Community College, Iowa State University, the University of Florida, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the National FFA Organization.