University of Colorado, Boulder's Reform Efforts

The overall goal of our project is to improve student learning and engagement across campus by professionalizing faculty roles, practices, and culture around education. By professionalize we mean engage in practices, build community, exercise judgments/habits of mind, externalize work, draw from prior work, and ….

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Arizona AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project

The defining attributes of the educational mission at UA are “access and quality.” This land grant and space grant AAU university, with two medical schools and twelve colleges, has 31,565 undergraduates and 8,658 graduate and professional students ...

University of Arizona

Changing the Culture of Introductory Science

We seek to introduce evidence-based, high impact practices in first and second year STEM courses at Brown University with a primary focus on improving the mathematical competency among STEM majors. As we proceed with the implementation of these new practices, we hope to spark curricular change across STEM departments at Brown toward a more student-centered approach that will ....

Brown University

Structured, Active, In-class Learning at the University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is supporting faculty in making use of Structured, Active, In-class Learning (SAIL) in their teaching. SAIL classes begin with the related premises that students benefit from learning by doing and that class time ...

University of Pennsylvania

A Multi-Strategy Approach to Active Learning

The primary focus of this project addresses scaffolding and support for Washington University STEM faculty with an explicit professional-development component. The goals ...

Washington University of St. Louis

University of California, Davis AAU STEM Pilot

The mission of the AAU-UCD partnership is to foster evidence-based, sustainable innovation in STEM instruction. We aim to do so through development of cultures of data and evidence around instruction and learning that encourage experimentation, build urgency, and enable change.

University of California, Davis

Creating a Coherent Gateway for STEM Teaching and Learning at Michigan State University

Our project focuses on changing the culture in our departments, by instituting reform of the gateway courses in biology, physics, and chemistry. This process began ...

Michigan State University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill AAU STEM Project Site

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is creating a support framework to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based teaching practices in large courses that have traditionally been taught by the lecture method. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


STEM Education Reforms in Action

AAU selected and seed funded a subset of AAU member universities to serve as project sites for the AAU STEM Initiative. The eight sites serve as laboratories to implement the Framework and are advancing projects designed to encourage STEM departments to adopt proven, evidence-based teaching practices.


Project Sites are supported through a grant from
The Leona M. and Harry B.Helmsley Charitable Trust

Project Sites

Click on any of the 8 project sites to learn more about their campus projects.