What is STEM?
Efforts to track the growth and evolution of scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) have led to various definitions of STEM. Factors in defining STEM vary depending on who is tracking data, including government agencies, academic institutions, and industry. As a result, there is not a single definition of STEM that is universally observed. Here are a few ways that STEM is defined:
- Contains 422 programs (6-digit) in 22 disciplines
- Broadest definition - revised/expanded in 2012
- Includes prgrams in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Communications, Education and Psychology
- International STEM graduates may remain additional 17 mo. optional practical training (OPT)
- DHS-ICE STEM-Designated Degree Program List (PDF)
- Definition used in PS-LSAMP
- Contains 224 programs (6-digit CIP) in 12 disciplines
- Includes Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Does not include Health Professions and Related Programs
- Broader definition than IPEDS
- NSF STEM Classification of Instructional Programs
- Provides extensive benchmarking opportunities
- Contains 224 programs (6-digit CIP) in 10 disciplines
- Narrowest definitions considered
Starting fall semester 2017, certain rigoourous STEM courses are eligible for a .5 GPA boost for students' HOPE average GPAs. Find out more about this program, as well as a directory of eligible courses HERE.
What is the CIP? The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) provides a taxonomic scheme that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity. See U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) website for more information.
UGA degrees/majors are assigned a CIP code.
UGA's Office of STEM Education Mission
The Mission of the Office of STEM Education:
- To promote the creation, implementation, and assessment of effective STEM pedagogies that improve teaching and learning and help close the equity gap among STEM students.
- To create an ecosystem of collaboration and cooperation with the University System of Georgia, the University of Georgia, P-12 educators, businesses, governmental agencies, and communities to prepare graduates to act in a complex world.
UGA's Office of STEM Education Activities
Collective Imapct is a means of structuring collaboration that helps coordinate efforts of autonomous groups in order to work towards common goals. The groups, such as Departments, Colleges, student organizations, or individual faculty or students, can still pursue their individual goals but with a broader understanding of how their effors can contribute to the University of Georgia STEM Goals
The Components of Collective Impact:
- Backbone Organization: Coordinate participation among partners
- Common Agenda: Shared goals and vision
- Continuous Communication: Ongoing communication to strengthen relationships and coordination among the partners and stakeholders
- Shared Measurement: Data that is useful partners, to plan activities and support collaboration with partners and stakeholders
- Reinforcing Activities: Coordinated activities that support the collective effort
Sign up for the STEM Listserv by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.