President announces town hall meetings on 'Becoming a STEM-Centered University,' Feb. 8 and 9

  • February 1, 2011

President Mohammad Qayoumi invites the CSUEB community to attend town hall meetings on the University’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiative February 8 and February 9.

Through his columns in The View in 2010, President Qayoumi outlined the University’s plans to become "STEM-centered." In his column in The View this month, the president makes the case that STEM represents our most important opportunity.

To broaden this conversation, the president wants to hear the thoughts and ideas of faculty, staff, and students about STEM-centeredness and the future of CSUEB. Each college and division is invited to a dedicated meeting. All members of the community are welcome to share their perspectives.

Tuesday, February 8

Music Building 1055 (Recital Hall)

  • 9-10 a.m. — CBE faculty and staff
  • 10-11 a.m. —Science faculty and staff
  • 1-2 p.m. — Staff and MPPs (all divisions)

 

Wednesday, February 9

Art & Education 1203

  • 9-10 a.m. — Staff and MPPs (all divisions)
  • 11 a.m.-noon — CEAS and Library faculty and staff
  • 2-3 p.m. — CLASS faculty and staff
  • 3-4 p.m. — Associated Students Inc.

Discussion questions

Participants at the town hall meetings will address the following questions regarding STEM-centered education:

  • What do you know — and what do you think — about CSUEB's becoming an increasingly STEM-centered university? Tell us what STEM centeredness means to you, and how you think our students will benefit in the short term and long term. Do you see any negative aspects of being STEM centered?
  • Is becoming a STEM-centered university consistent with Cal State East Bay's core values and mission? Tell us why you agree or disagree. Is it consistent with the direction needed by our region and country?
  • How might this change our work, how we teach, our scholarship, and what and how our students learn?
  • What should be CSUEB’s most important priorities for the next five years in terms of student success (during and after college), regional stewardship, and other areas?

Following the meetings, the President’s Office will prepare a report summarizing findings from the meetings, next steps, and implications for the future of CSUEB.

Those who are unable to attend are welcome to share their thoughts with the president by e-mail.

 

Further Reading

Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future — National Academy of Sciences

President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Jan. 25, 2011

The STEM Workforce Challenge: The Role of the Public Workforce System in a National Solution for a Competitive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce (PDF) — U.S. Department of Labor

CSU and Service Learning Transforming Educational Models in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: (STEM)2

The Opportunity Equation: Mobilizing for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics and Science Education — Institute for Advanced Study / Carnegie Corporation of New York

New York Times Science article on STEM education — October 2010

President Qayoumi's Columns on STEM at CSUEB

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