An NSF workshop, “Workshop on Assessing Performance and Developing an Accountability System for Broadening Participation”, was held in October 2016 and involved 50 educators, administrators, and evaluators from across the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. A report link below summarizes proceedings from the workshop.
The goal of the workshop was to create a framework for developing and implementing an accountability system for broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Pennsylvania supported the workshop and report.
“Better STEM Outcomes: Developing an Accountability System for Broadening Participation” discusses guiding principles and characteristics of an accountability system for broadening participation in STEM. It details the roles different sectors play in developing and maintaining that system. In particular, the report highlights the leadership role of higher education and the catalytic role of NSF to promote accountability. It concludes with action steps that organizations could take to put in place an accountability system that would help to realize the ambitious bold initiative to broaden participation called for and outlined by the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) in its 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 Biennial Reports to Congress.
A pdf of the report can be found here. Please feel free to distribute this link to your colleagues and networks. Please direct any comments or questions you may have to Ira Harkavy below:
Ira Harkavy, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Workshop on Assessing Performance and Developing an Accountability System for Broadening Participation
Chair, Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE)
Associate Vice President and Founding Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships
University of Pennsylvania