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University of Missouri, Columbia STEM Education Initiatives


The goal of the institutional STEM reform at the University of Missouri is to improve the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As we more effectively fulfill our mission to produce and disseminate knowledge, we will improve the quality of life in Missouri, the nation, and the world.

We focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based teaching practices, and experiential learning to achieve lasting reform. Our programs facilitate early exposure to STEM disciplines, provide students with unique undergraduate research opportunities, and use active learning strategies in and outside the classroom. Faculty are redesigning foundational courses to emphasize critical thinking and foster group learning in order to help students develop meaningful understanding of the subject and ultimately improve STEM recruitment and retention.