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Next Generation STEM Learning: Investigate, Innovate, Inspire

November 8–10, 2012
Kansas City, Missouri
Proposals Due March 19, 2012

“Next Generation STEM Learning: Investigate, Innovate, Inspire” will focus on how colleges, community colleges, and universities of all sorts can articulate, expand, measure, and track what works to advance students’ achievement of key learning outcomes, emphasizing scientific literacy, quantitative reasoning, analytical thinking, and visionary leadership.

The conference also will feature evidence-based practices that address the urgent need to help underserved students pursue and succeed in STEM courses and programs. It will feature interdisciplinary learning experiences; alignment of program goals for STEM student success across the K-16 continuum; strategies for institutional change that enable twenty-first-century learning; and new approaches in the curriculum and cocurriculum to provide real-world experiences.

A new report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce highlights the need for more college graduates, from all majors and disciplines, who have “STEM competencies” for employment and for lifelong well-being. The multi-faceted, unscripted, and borderless challenges of the future—food and water, energy, disease prevention, economic disparities, climate change, conflict and nuclear proliferation—urgently need attention in both society and in higher education. What must educators do to ensure that all students who go to college—regardless of major—graduate with the knowledge and agency to meet and to lead productive lives amid these challenges?

AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope invite proposals that examine and advance the next generation of STEM learning—education that is integrative, links STEM learning with campus and community, develops innovators who can bring new discoveries to market, and inspires collaboration and leadership for a better world.

Visit the Call for Proposals web page to find out how to submit a proposal to share your work at this conference.

For more information, please call 202.387.3760, or write to Siah Annand at

We look forward to reading your proposals.

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