STEM Higher Education Summit Pushes Innovation, Scale, Employer Engagement

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STEMconnector hosts a national summit for Higher Education leaders to promote employer engagement, collaboration, innovation and diversity. The third STEM Higher Education Summit takes place in Washington, DC, and focuses on the critical role that industry-educator collaboration can play in improving STEM education outcomes.


WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 09, 2016 | STEMconnector® hosts the third annual STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) National Leaders Summit, titled “Scaling STEM Success: The Good News in STEM Higher Education”, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The Summit convenes high-level thought leaders in the higher education, business, nonprofit and government sectors to address shared challenges and showcase innovative higher education models that strengthen the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ecosystem. Models include career focused experiential learning, STEM educator development programs, affordability and undergraduate research. These areas of activity drive outcomes that include: college and career ready graduates, broad participation of diverse populations and collaboration between higher education and industry. USA Funds is the lead sponsor of the Summit with myCollegeOptions and Cengage Learning as supporting sponsors.

Rob Denson, SHEC Chair and President of Des Moines Area Community College, “Higher education institutions must evolve ahead of the curve to meet STEM workforce needs and collaborate with industry and community partners to scale STEM success.”

In addition to dynamic panels, the Summit will feature keynote speakers addressing opportunities to scale STEM success in our education system:

Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, Gallup
Alison Griffin, Senior Vice President, External and Government Relations, USA Funds
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Martha Kanter, former Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, will provide the charge for higher education and share the implications of the election on higher education as the Summit is held a day after the 2016 presidential election.

“We salute the participants of the Scaling STEM Success Summit. The nation must reimagine higher education if we are to meet the needs of 21st century employers and ensure that all have access to good jobs. Collaboration is the key and we are so proud to bring together leaders from both higher education and industry.” stated Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector, regarding the mission and purpose of the Summit.

“Consistent with our focus on Completion With a Purpose, promoting student success both in college and career, USA Funds supports initiatives that help students explore, prepare for and pursue careers in fast-growing STEM fields. The Scaling STEM Success Summit is a terrific forum for higher education and business leaders to share best practices for building the pipeline of STEM talent,” said Bill Hansen, President & CEO, USA Funds.

SHEC members share a commitment to increasing the number and quality of STEM graduates through a collaborative approach. A publication, Scaling STEM Success, was released earlier this year, showcasing SHEC members’ efforts toward equipping students for the STEM workforce and the impact on job creation SHEC members are having across the country through their STEM programs and boundary breaking partnerships.


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