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House Passes Holt/Foster Amendment to Restore National Undergraduate Fellowship Program

This is a press release from the Office of Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11)

July 10, 2014 - Washington, D.C. | Last night, the House of Representatives passed an amendment, proposed by Congressman Rush Holt (NJ-12) and Bill Foster (IL-11), to restore the National Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUF) at the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Act for 2015 was adopted by voice vote.
 
The NUF program supports a specific workforce need by encouraging participants to study fusion energy, plasma physics, and related fields. Additionally, the program has been remarkably successful in encouraging female participation in the sciences.
 
"Department of Energy labs provide world class user facilities that should operate both as hubs of innovation and important research tools to engage students from K-12 through graduate school. The National Undergraduate Fellowship Program is just one example out of many DOE education programs that are being threatened, and I hope that the situation can be remedied in conference with the Senate," said Foster.  “Having worked at a national lab for 20 years before coming to Congress, I have witnessed firsthand how time spent with researchers and experiments can inspire a lifelong interest in science in young students."
 
"When young students and teachers are able to directly engage with our national labs it inspires an interest and passion for science beyond what any textbook or online resource could ever provide,” said Holt. "I fear that in limiting educational activities to only the Education Department, we are further isolating the public from the important scientific research that is being conducted at our national labs, and we diminish science education in America."
 
The Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society has a female composition of only 7 percent, yet 51 percent of female NUF participants enter into a Ph.D program, with almost half of those entering into a plasma physics Ph.D program.
 
The NUF program had been targeted for elimination under an administrative plan to reorganize federal STEM education programs. The elimination would reduce the number of slots available for students wishing to study plasma physics.
 
However, the NUF program is only one example of an ongoing effort to remove STEM education activities from the Department of Energy's mission portfolio.
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Career and Technical Education Associations Applaud Congressional Passage of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

This is a press release from National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium  and Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

July 9, 2014 - Silver Spring, MD | The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) today applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803, which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
 
“Advocates from the career and technical education (CTE) community, representatives from business groups and dedicated Members of Congress have worked for more than a decade on this crucial piece of legislation, and their efforts culminated in today’s vote,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “I speak for ACTE’s thousands of members nationwide when I express my gratitude to our partners on Capitol Hill for their commitment to providing millions of Americans with the technical skills and workforce training they need to gain valued, well-paying careers.”
 
“I commend the Congressional leadership for the bipartisanship and commitment that made today’s vote possible. This law's passage sends an important signal that preparing Americans to be successful in the highly-competitive global economy is an issue that brings together, rather than divides, our country,” said NASDCTEc Executive Director Kimberly Green. “State CTE leaders look forward to being key partners in the implementation of this law, ensuring that there are opportunities for Americans of all ages to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to get ahead in our economy.”
 
The bipartisan, bicameral legislation passed through the House of Representatives today 415-6 after passing the Senate 95-3 last month. It will now travel to the President’s desk, where it will await his signature to sign the bill into law. Both ACTE and NASDCTEc encourage President Obama to act quickly in taking the long-overdue final step of the reauthorization process.
 
WIA was enacted in 1998 to streamline the nation’s job training programs, and came due for reauthorization in 2003. WIOA will build on the foundation laid in the existing legislation by strengthening the connection between skills training and the business community, aligning programs across the workforce system and upholding the vital role that training providers, including community colleges, play as mandatory members of local workforce investment boards.
 
About NASDCTEc
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish a global, dynamic economy.
 
About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation's largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.
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STEM Higher Education Council Holds Panel Discussion at STEM Council Meeting 7

At the seventh session of the STEM Council Meeting sponsored by Sodexo in Bethesda, Maryland on June 18th, members of the STEM Higher Education Council discussed how higher education helps prepare students for STEM careers in a panel discussion.  
 
The panel consisted of Rob Denson, the Higher Education Council Chair and President of Des Moines Area Community College; Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Senior Advisor to the Council and Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at New York University; J. Noah Brown, President & CEO of the Association of Community College Trustees; Dr. Charles M. Ambrose, President of the University of Central Missouri and Dr. James Catanzaro, President of Chattanooga State Community College.
 
 
During the panel discussion, Rob Denson discussed the role of the Higher Education Council aims to play, citing the ability of higher education to connect students with the STEM workforce. He also described the unique makeup of the Council members, which is comprised of businesses, community colleges, public and land grant universities, private colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions.
 
Dr. Kanter discussed how there are “islands of excellence and innovation” of STEM programs at certain institutions, and that other programs need to use these successful programs as guides. She spoke further about the need for business expertise to implement more STEM programs. J. Noah Brown described the vast size of the community college sector - 1,200 institutions accounting for $830 billion to the national economy - constituting a national platform to increase STEM programs and their relevance to business and industry.
 
Dr. Ambrose described specific STEM programs at the University of Central Missouri, including the Missouri Innovation Campus, which links industry and education. The program provides applied learning experiences for students, while lowering costs and lessening time to degree.
 
Finally, Dr. Catanzaro discussed STEM programs at Chattanooga State including SAILS, a program that introduces high school students to college-level math. He described that mastery of a subject should be the goal of STEM education as opposed to competence.
 
The STEM Higher Education Council will hold a Summit in October to identify and begin to catalogue game-changing strategies and programs to revolutionize STEM education. Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will offer the keynote presentation, joining other dynamic speakers to define and frame STEM opportunities and challenges. For more information on the Council and/or the Summit, contact Dr. Talmesha Richards at Talmesha.Richards@STEMconnector.org or Ted Wells at Ted.Wells@STEMconnector.org.

Discovery Education And 3M Announce National Finalists In 2014 Young Scientist Challenge

This is a press release from Discovery Education and 3M

Ten Students Will Participate in a Summer Mentorship Program with 3M Scientists and Compete for $25,000 and the Title of America’s Top Young Scientist

SILVER SPRING, Md.  & ST. PAUL, Minn. [July 9, 2014] | Discovery Education and 3M announced today the top 10 finalists in the annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5-8.

Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order)*:
  • Mythri Ambatipudi, San Jose, Calif., Stratford Middle School
  • David Cohen, Dallas, Texas, Akiba Academy of Dallas
  • Sahil Doshi, Pittsburgh, Pa., Fort Couch Middle School
  • Ana Humphrey, Alexandria, Va., George Washington Middle School
  • Christopher Isozaki, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., St. John Fisher School
  • Anthony Kim, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Ridgecrest Intermediate School
  • Jai Kumar, South Riding, Va., J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
  • Andrew Masek, North Attleborough, Mass., North Attleborough Middle School
  • Nikita Rafikov, Evans, Ga., Riverside Middle School
  • Katherine Wu, North Potomac, Md., Takoma Park Middle School
* Schools listed are from time of competition entry (January – April 2014).
 
After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem, these budding young scientists rose to the top of the competition due to their science acumen, inventive thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos.
 
Each finalist will now have the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist during a unique summer mentorship program, where they will be challenged to create an invention that solves a problem in society. As part of the world-renowned program, students will meet virtually with their mentors, who will provide guidance as the finalist develops his or her idea from a concept into an actual prototype. Students will then present their inventions during the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. October 13th and 14th. Throughout the program, each student has access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.
 
Finalists will receive $1,000 and be awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters to participate in the final competition where they will be evaluated on their creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall performance during a series of three different challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”
 
"It is imperative that we cultivate our nation’s next generation of great thinkers, innovators and science communicators by providing them with engaging ways to explore the science that goes on every day in the world around them,” said Dr. Cindy Moss, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education. “The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge encourages the exploration of science and innovation among America's youth and helps develop students who are prepared for success in college, career and life." 
 
“The opportunity to foster the next generation of innovative scientific thinkers is at the core of 3M’s culture,” said Jesse Singh, Senior Vice President, 3M. “The summer mentorship program is a great opportunity for the 10 finalists to work with 3M scientists to further their learning and application of STEM principles and to create solutions to everyday problems. We look forward to seeing the students present their solutions at the 3M Innovation Center in October.”
 
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Each January, students nationwide are asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. In addition to the 10 finalists, 36 students have been selected as state merit winners in this year’s competition and each will receive a 3M innovation prize pack.
 
For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the state merit winners, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.
 
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
 
About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
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STEM Competitions Provide Focus for National Technology Student Association Conference in Washington, D.C. Area (PRWEB)

This is a press release from Technology Student Association (TSA)

Middle and high school students participate in more than 60 STEM competitions during conference.

Reston, VA (PRWEB) July 09, 2014 | As education communities nationwide continue to sharpen their focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives, middle and high school students proved their skill in STEM competitions at the 2014 national Technology Student Association (TSA) conference.

More than 6,800 students and educators from across the nation gathered near the nation’s capital to attend the conference. It took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, from June 27 through July 1.
 
Middle and high school student members took part in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Guided by their chapter advisors (teachers), these students competed with their peers in STEM events such as Agriculture and Biotechnology, CAD, Construction Renovation, Video Game Design, Dragster Design, Engineering Design, Flight Endurance, Music Production, and Structural Engineering. Finalists have been posted on the TSA website.
 
This marked the inaugural year for staging Junior Solar Sprint at the national level. This new middle school competition partners TSA with the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). More than 60 teams of 5th through 8th grade students participated, with finalists posted to the TSA website.
 
Approximately 400 students competed collaboratively in the national competition of TEAMS: Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science. Students took part in oral and problem-solving exercises addressing real-world engineering challenges related to the theme “Engineering Tomorrow’s Cities.” Competition results are available on the TEAMS website.
 
Nearly 100 teams participated in the TSA VEX Toss-up competition, an exciting head-to-head robotics challenge. National winners are available online.
 
Representatives from eight winning teams from the Verizon Innovative App Challenge presented their mobile apps to conference attendees as well. TSA administers this program for the Verizon Foundation. Winning teams earned cash grants for their schools and received instruction in building their apps to bring them to market through the Google Play store.
 
“The skill and knowledge demonstrated by all students at this year’s conference was remarkable. It is proof that that breadth of opportunity to gain hands-on career preparation in the STEM disciplines through TSA and its competitions has been embraced and is valued by students and educators alike,” explains Dr. Rosanne White, TSA executive director.
 
About the Technology Student Association (TSA) 
TSA is a national organization for students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Open to young people enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes more than 200,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. TSA partners with universities and other organizations to promote a variety of STEM competitions and opportunities for students and teachers. TSA is supported by educators, parents, and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence in their lives. Visit the Technology Student Association website for more information.
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STEMpact Hosts Third Annual Teacher Quality Initiative

This is a press relese from STEMpact
 
STEMpact collaborative works to improve St. Louis education and develop exemplary teachers who provide high quality STEM learning experiences
 
St. Louis, MO (July 8, 2014) | There simply aren’t enough qualified workers to fill the hundreds of science, technology, engineering and math jobs available, today. Growth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs was three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs in the past decade, and is expected to continue to grow at a faster rate in the coming decade. In response to this demand STEMpact, a local collaborative partnership aimed at improving science, technology, engineering and math education, created the STEM Teacher Quality (TQ) Initiative. The third annual STEM Teacher Quality Initiative (STEM TQ) will host 106 teachers from Missouri and Illinois school districts starting July 14 through July 24 at Washington University’s Danforth Campus.
 
STEMpact’s collaborative partnership strives to get children interested in STEM careers early on in their education. The collaborative is uniquely funded by Ameren Missouri, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Emerson, Express Scripts Foundation, The Laclede Group, Inc.; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Manifest Digital, Maritz, Monsanto Fund, Peabody Energy, and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation. Through the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the program assists educators in raising student test scores, identifying STEM-capable learners, and breaking cultural stereotypes. The program is free to school district’s that qualify. This year’s STEM TQ consists of 106 teachers from schools throughout the St. Louis metro area and East St. Louis, up from 75 teachers just last year.
 
“It’s amazing to see the support from St. Louis companies who understand the importance of educating the future work force in STEM topics. STEM jobs have grown at a rate three times faster than non-STEM jobs in the past decade and we just expect that growth to continue,” said Deborah Holmes, project manager and facilitator for the STEM TQ. “We currently have a waitlist, which tells us the program is gaining in popularity. When we started the program in 2012 we had 64 participants.”
 
During training, STEMpact facilitators and educators work with teachers of kindergarten to eighth grade whose lesson plans can be extended and integrated with science, technology, engineering, and math problems. The day-long sessions include both classroom-style presentations, investigations, and field trips to area companies for hands-on learning that show participants how to more effectively make STEM connections in their classrooms. Participating school districts this year include Afton, East St. Louis, Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Pattonville, University City, and Kirkwood. The YMCA of Greater St. Louis is participating as an informal provider.
 
Following the two-week STEM TQ Institute, STEMpact provides additional training consisting of three STEM professional development days and six after-school STEM professional development sessions throughout the school year.  Results show that the past two years of the program have already made a difference. Data from 2013 shows that students whose teachers participated in STEM TQ were scoring higher on Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests in these areas. On average, students scored 10 points better on the MAP test in math and eight points better in science.
 
“Instead of looking for skilled employees elsewhere—to the detriment of Illinois and Missouri workers and their economies— our industry partners decided to invest locally in STEM education. The investment is about $3,000 per teacher,” said Holmes. “We want to thank our funders and our host, Washington University. There’s only so much funding our companies can give. We’re always looking for more partners.”
 
About STEMpact
STEM is a national, state and regional initiative aimed at improving science, technology, engineering and math education. This comprehensive approach prepares young people to be competent and self-confident learners, gives them practice applying learned concepts to solve problems and prepares them for future work in related fields. Locally, STEMpact aims to provide the technology and other education resources for teachers, parents, local businesses and the community, so that STEM education in St. Louis can thrive. For more information about STEMpact and to see what this year’s STEM TQ participants are learning, visit http://stempact.org.
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International Association for STEM Leaders Gives Michael Steele High School STEM Leadership Award

This is a press release from International Association for STEM Leaders

International Association for STEM Leaders makes debut in the nation’s capitol and names Michael Steele top STEM High School Leader for his work at the Stratford STEM Magnet School. Michael Steele is part of our ongoing video documentary featuring national STEM leaders.
 
On April 24 and 25, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully launched its inaugural leadership event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  Nearly 100 STEM leaders from around the world joined IASL leadership.  This invitation only annual STEM Leadership Summit recognized several attendees for their leadership in STEM education through a formal awards ceremony.  The awards were presented to programs, schools, school districts and individuals who exemplify STEM Excellence as defined by criteria developed by IASL.
 
During the event, Executive Principal, Michael Steele, of Stratford STEM Magnet High School received the High School STEM Leadership Award.  He is a Former U.S. Marine and law enforcement officer who later became principal.  Stratford STEM Magnet High School was once a “turnaround” school because just three short years ago it was one of the most challenging schools in Tennessee, with high free and reduced lunch rates and poor academic performance among its students.  Under Steele’s leadership, Stratford now has over 25 active business partners, and its student academic growth has been outstanding since Steele began to turn the school around.  Today, student ACT scores have gone up year after year. Thanks to Steele and his team of teachers, the school now has over 2 million dollars in academic scholarships for its students.  
 
The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" STEM excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students.  In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL will provide guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and develop a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized.  In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leaders, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.  
 
The STEM Leadership Summit was held in conjunction with the world’s largest STEM event, hosted by the USA Science and Engineering Festival. STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information participated as an initial sponsor and Edie Fraser, the founder, spoke to the IASL leaders and recognized them for their important work of impacting the lives of students every day through STEM leadership and education.  Other partners include Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in “turn key” laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support.  DES is further a collaborator with Root Cause and Pitsco Education, two additional partners of IASL. For STEM online education, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school management company and Vista Teach an early elementary robotics and engineering education company took part in the event as inaugural sponsors.
 
For more information, please contact Dr. Carole Cameron Inge at (540) 837-2175 or cinge@stem-leaders.com.
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SHEC Member Profile: Dr. Philip A. Schmidt of Western Governors University

The STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is proud to announce that Dr. Philip A. Schmidt, Vice President for Compliance and Accreditation and Dean of the Teachers College at Western Governors University will be a member of the Council.
 
Dr. Schmidt earned a Ph. D. degree in mathematics and education from Syracuse University. He has had substantial experience in a varietyof sponsor-funded projects in mathematics education. His administrative experience includes work as Dean of a School of Education as well as an Associate Provost. In these positions, he was responsible for retention studies, the development of new degree programs, and technology training for prospective and in-service teachers. His research background includes work with mathematically precocious children, problem solving and problem posing, collaborative pedagogies, and postsecondary developmental mathematics education. In addition, he is the author of a number of mathematics texts.   Most recently, his work at Western Governors University has involved him in NCATE,  NCTQ, CCNE, CAHIIM, and NW accreditation and compliance efforts, all of which have yielded positive results.  In addition, he is responsible for WGU’s compliance with authorization regulations in all fifty states.  As a result, WGU Teachers College graduates are able to be licensed in all fifty states.
 
Regarding joining the Council, Schmidt said, “WGU is pleased to be part of STEMconnector.  It is only through productive collaborations like this one that higher education can fully achieve the goals for STEM education that we all know are crucial to the country's future.”
 
About Western Governors University
The WGU Teachers College is largest provider of STEM teachers in the United States.  All Mathematics and Science degree programs are nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association.  Most recently, the WGU Teachers College was ranked #1 in the United States in Secondary Education by the National Council for Teacher Quality.

PSEG to Award $160,000 in Grants to Further STEM Education in NJ (PRNewswire)

This is a press release from The PSEG Foundation via PRNewswire

NEWARK, N.J., July 7, 2014 (PRNewswire) | The PSEG Foundation is accepting applications from afterschool, summer and youth development programs to develop new or enhance existing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational opportunities for students. A total of up to $160,000 in grants will be awarded by the Foundation.
 
The PSEG Foundation will consider applications from our New Jersey service territory, as well as Salem and Cumberland counties, and our service/operation territories in Long Island and Albany, NY and Bridgeport and New Haven, CT.
 
The Foundation anticipates awarding funding to eight organizations, although the number of recipients and their award amount will be decided based on the strength of the proposals received, at the discretion of Foundation staff.  Applications must be completed and submitted by Friday, August 15 at 5 p.m. EDT. All applicants will receive notification about funding decisions in late September.
 
Applicants may apply directly through PSEG's online application. Visit http://www.pseg.com/info/community/education/spark.jsp to apply. 
 
About the PSEG Foundation
The PSEG Foundation (501c3) is the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG).  The Foundation generally supports and invests in programs in three areas: community and the environment, education and safety. The Foundation provides grants to organizations in communities served by PSEG and its subsidiaries. 
 
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SHEC Member Profile: Don Munce of NRCCUA


Screen shot 2014-07-02 at 9.33.06 AM.pngDon Munce became President of National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA) in 1988.  During his tenure as president, NRCCUA has grown rapidly to become a significant force in the student-recruitment and admissions-research arena.  Membership among colleges and universities has grown from 200 to over 1,200 members under his leadership. 
 
Munce is an expert on topics relating to enrollment management, organizational leadership and strategic vision.  His passion for the post-secondary aspirations of young people has affected students and universities across America.  NRCCUA’s free college planning program “My College Options” is one of the country’s most successful tools providing access to higher education for students of all social and economic backgrounds.
 
Munce’s entrepreneurial approach to solving enrollment management challenges has helped NRCCUA achieve its current leadership position in higher education marketing and post- secondary planning.
 
Munce’s background includes 10 years as director of admissions and financial aid at a private Midwestern college. During this ten year period, the college experienced a 99% increase in enrollment. He has also performed other college management roles in public relations and student services. He has served as an executive committee member of a professional organization for college admissions officers, college trustee and board member of the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance.
 
Munce earned a Master of Science degree in adolescent development while attending Kansas State University. He has served as a presenter in seminars and panel discussions in the areas of telemarketing, direct mail, enrollment management research and online strategy and student recruitment.
 
Regarding joining the STEM Higher Education Council, Munce stated “Engaging with members of the higher education community in the process of helping young people explore their future is central to our mission, and the STEM Higher Ed Council is breaking new ground in linking industry and institutions in that process.”
 
About myCollegeOptions.org®
myCollegeOptions.org, the nation’s largest college planning program, is operated by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions™.  For almost 40 years, this non-profit education research organization based in Lee’s Summit, MO has served as the primary link between high school students and colleges, universities, and the resources they need to succeed.  For more information, visit www.mycollegeoptions.org.

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