From the National Program Office
Institutional leaders and their teams are invited to attend APLU’s 2017 INCLUDES Summit, which will be held April 25-26 at the Embassy Suites Old Town, Alexandria, VA. The event will bring together institutional leaders, along with content and context experts, for an interactive summit on broadening the participation of women and underrepresented minorities within STEM faculty and students. This APLU sponsored summit is funded by the National Science Foundation and has no registration fee, however, space for the summit is limited and the hotel block closes on April 3rd. Click here to register. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for our next webinar in the Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce webinar series: “Supporting Minority Postdocs” on Tuesday, April 18, 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time. Click here to register. A critical transition point for entry into the professoriate is a post-doctoral experience. In the STEM and biomedical science fields, one or more years of work as a post-doc are increasingly required for advancement into tenure-track faculty positions, but according to recent NSF data only 4 percent of post-doctoral scholars in those fields were from underrepresented backgrounds. Furthermore, underrepresented post-docs are not entering tenure-track faculty positions in sufficient numbers, especially at research-intensive institutions. This webinar will explore known barriers to minority post-doc success, and highlight programs designed to advance minority post-docs to the professoriate, including the national NIH IRACDA program and the regional Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity.
Cleveland State University, University Hospitals, and Cuyahoga Community College have joined forces to address the looming nursing shortage in Northeast Ohio by increasing the number of bachelor’s educated nurses. The collaborative effort uses tuition support, enhanced advising, and work opportunities to increase the number of graduates from CSU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program – with a goal of a 40 percent increase by 2020.
The California State University system is transforming developmental education to help retain and graduate more at-risk students. Instead of non-credit remedial courses, which often frustrate new students and lead to dropouts, at-risk students will be enrolled in “stretch” courses that both provide remedial content and credits that can be used toward a degree.
Google and Howard University are teaming up to create “Howard West,” a new HBCU outpost on Google’s Mountain View campus that aims to increase the number of black students who go on to a career with Google. Students will get three months of computer science classes, one-on-one mentorships, and other Google perks. Tuition will be paid for by Howard and private donors; funding will also cover their housing and a summer stipend.
Tracking where students go after graduation has always been difficult, but some institutions are doing it better than others. An article in the Hechinger Report exposes the “alternative facts” surrounding job placement rates, and how universities can provide applicants with a better depiction of what to expect.
AAMC’s Darrell Kirch and Kate Patelle have published a Viewpoint in JAMA on the looming physician shortage and how that shortage is influenced by demographic changes. The authors argue that we must create better practice models, foster a culture of interprofessional team-based care, and develop a diverse health care workforce that “serves all individuals in the United States.”
On June 24-25, the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI) and the Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN) will hold a joint meeting following the Network of STEM Education Centers National Conference in New Orleans, LA. The theme of this meeting is embedding diversity and inclusion into efforts to improve undergraduate STEM education. Participants will engage in addressing problems of practice, as well as how to close the loop between researchers and change agents.
Publications and Resources
An article in the most recent issue of PNAS provides new evidence that gender diversity does, indeed, lead to better science.
Is our national debate on health care reform focusing on the right issues? A meta-analysis of 19 National Academy of Medicine-commissioned white papers suggests that we are not. In order to address the most salient health challenges facing the United States, the authors argue that we must focus on four action priorities (paying for value, empowering people, activating communities, and connecting care) as well as expanding essential infrastructure for effective care delivery.