Presentation on theme: "AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium, Feb. 20, 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science Demonstrating the Legal Sustainability of Effective STEM."— Presentation transcript:
AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium, Feb. 20, 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science Demonstrating the Legal Sustainability of Effective STEM Diversity Programs AAAS Annual Meeting San Diego, CA February 20, 2010 Daryl E. Chubin AAAS Capacity Center Jamie Lewis Keith University of Florida Melinda W. Grier University of Oregon Shirley M. Malcom EHR, AAAS Steven Winnick EducationCounsel, LLC Wanda E. Ward National Science Foundation
AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium, Feb. 20, 2010 The National Imperative to Increase Faculty & Student Diversity in STEM Higher Education Origins of this Symposium: Problem Thread National Context Legal Approacheson campus & off Academic & Policy Approaches A Sponsors Perspective
AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium, Feb. 20, 2010 Richard Floridas The Creative Class: Leveraging Talent, not Technology Alone The university is perhaps the single most important institution of the creative age. It's certainly what gave the U.S. its huge edge in the 20th century, by virtue of attracting the best and the brightest from all around the world. Unfortunately,... the single biggest problem with all universities these days is their apparent inability and in some cases blatant disinterestin educating our population broadly across all social, economic, and ethnic demographics.... technology, tolerance, talent source: www.fastcompany.com/articles/2005/11/fastcities_florida.htmlwww.fastcompany.com/articles/2005/11/fastcities_florida.html
AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium, Feb. 20, 2010 Origins: Operate on the Context, not just the Content 2004: To help guide program staff & university counsels in interpreting the Grutter and Gratz Supreme Court rulings... 2008: Sloan- and NSF-funded project (AAAS-AAU) to identify effective STEM programs & practices for students & faculty that are also legally sustainable See http://www.aaas.org/publications/books_reports/standingourground/http://www.aaas.org/publications/books_reports/standingourground/
AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium, Feb. 20, 2010 Problem Thread Who participates in STEM education & the workforcewho does not and why? How can institutions of higher education improve academic success, career advancement, and utilization of talentstudents to faculty and other professionals? How does Federal policy help/hinder?
AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium, Feb. 20, 2010 The Context Has Changed Fragile Global & Domestic Economy New President & Administration Heightened: Consciousness about demographics & access of college- age population Sensitivity about importance of higher education & career opportunity Accountability for all sources of funding Legal opposition to programs that are seen to favor any one group
AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium, Feb. 20, 2010 Our Demographic Future: The proportion of Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders is increasing. Currently, one in three 18-24 year olds is African American, Hispanic or American Indian/Alaska Native and 4% are Asian/Pacific Islander.
AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium, Feb. 20, 2010 An Empirical Basis for Optimism One of the most important findings from our research is that success in faculty diversity is no mere historical accident. A significant amount of the variation in faculty diversity reflects individual university effort and practicestrategies that can be replicated at other institutions. source: University Leadership Council, Breakthrough Advances in Faculty Diversity, 2008, p. 14