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The University of Arizona STEM Education Initiatives

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Our mission is to promote and support STEM course redesign based on evidence-based practices in science and engineering education.

We are engaged in the redesign of foundational courses in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, computer programming, and physics that serve thousands of STEM majors. The curricula and teaching practices in these courses are being critically examined to emphasize core disciplinary ideas, problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and teamwork, to ensure students develop meaningful understandings and analytical reasoning skills.

We are also promoting a change in faculty culture by leading STEM faculty learning communities, teaching talks, and workshops, offering innovative teaching awards, and making changes in promotion and tenure policies toward teaching.