Board of Regents approves $5.5 million request for Mathematics andScience Education Collaborative Initiative.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The state of Iowa would benefit greatly from a Board of Regents Mathematics and Science Education Collaborative Initiative, led by Ben Allen, UNI president, and the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The Regents have approved a $5.5 million appropriations request for the Initiative to be included in the Board's fiscal year 2009 Legislative appropriations requests. The proposal addresses student performance in math and science courses, teacher shortages and the need for state collaboration to meet these challenges.
"I'm very pleased the Board of Regents supported this funding request," said Ben Allen, UNI president. "The state is facing major challenges in student achievement in math and science, not to mention a shortage of qualified math and science teachers. We now must work hard with the governor and the legislature to fund these state needs."
Decisions about the projects outlined in the proposal will be made during the 2008 state legislative session. The $5.5 million proposal includes the following Regent university projects:
1) Star Math and Science Majors to Teaching recruitment of students into math and science teaching to address the teacher shortage. Provides incentives to freshman and sophomore college students in math and science to explore teaching.
2) Science and Math Teacher Real World Interns -- summer internships in the private and public sector for math and science. Focus is on retention and modernizing curriculum.
3) Wider implementation of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) across Iowa targets math and science curriculum and student recruitment to math and science careers. PLTW is an established, national pre-engineering program that works with middle and high school curriculum.
4) Community College STEM Instructor Preparation and Updates addresses shortage of instructors at community colleges. Provides more distance education math and science courses.
5) Regents Mathematics and Science Education Institute -- to be located at UNI, with faculty and staff distributed across the three state universities. Leverages state collaborations and partnerships between businesses, industries, government agencies, education and other organizations to address student learning and teacher recruitment and retention in math and science.
The Board of Regents Mathematics and Science Education Collaborative
Initiative has three basic goals: 1) to improve mathematics and science performance of Iowa students; 2) to prepare more high quality mathematics and science teachers for Iowa's schools; and 3) to promote statewide collaboration and cooperation.
For more information about the proposal and the Math and Science Education Initiative, visit www.uni.edu/pres/math-science.