Pitzer College Participates in Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education

Claremont, Calif. (January 24, 2012) — Pitzer College’s W.M. Keck Science Department will partner with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Project Kaleidoscope in a new initiative designed to help colleges and universities evaluate and enhance teaching strategies in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

W.M. Keck Science Department representatives will join teams of faculty, administrators and assessment experts from at least eight colleges and universities in California to test teaching techniques in science, technology, engineering and math. Ultimately, the four-year initiative aims to develop a “STEM Effectiveness Framework” that can be employed by higher education institutions to bolster students’ mastery of material in these critical fields.

“We are very pleased that this initiative will generate tools that any campus can use to evaluate and improve student engagement in STEM inquiry, analysis, and research,” said Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, a Washington DC-based national association focused on undergraduate liberal education.

The project was funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation. For more information, please visit Association of American College and University and the Project Kaleidoscope.

The W.M. Keck Science Department is a program of Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College and Scripps College.

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About Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility, and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.

About the W.M. Keck Science Department

The W.M. Keck Science Department is the interdisciplinary home to all biology, chemistry, and physics faculty for Pitzer, Claremont McKenna and Scripps colleges. The department is administered cooperatively and is housed within an 81,000-square-foot center located at the intersection of the three colleges. The department offers 13 discrete degree options, including dual-degree programs in partnership with schools of engineering and majors in conjunction with disciplines outside the sciences. The W.M. Keck Science Department provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary instruction in small class settings and numerous opportunities for students to conduct research.

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