I could not have known that my vision of faculty life would become anachronistic by the time I was out of graduate school.
The message that colleges and universities send to such students that they are the outsiders is persistent and causes much psychological distress and self-doubt, argues Needham Yancey Gulley.
STEM. It’s the new buzzword in education as jobs move increasingly towards the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In fact, data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that a whopping 15 of the 20 fastest growing jobs require advanced mathematics or science knowledge.
Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts.
As I called their attention, students’ heads slowly lifted, their eyes reluctantly glancing forward. I then cheerfully explained that their next project would practice a skill they all desperately needed: holding a conversation.
A new project is tapping into mobile technology to increase community college completion for students in STEM fields. Nudging to STEM Success — a joint initiative from Persistence Plus, maker of a mobile app for student success, and nonprofit Jobs for the Future — will use text messages to help students “navigate the complexities of college, succeed in STEM studies and move toward college graduation,” according to a news announcement. The project is funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust.