The intervention-based education model does not serve the needs and aspirations of the increasingly diverse students, faculty and staff. It is hoped that a shift from production to emergence will allow all to thrive, where thriving is defined as students’ success and faculty and staff vibrancy.
Using an ecosystem as the philosophical guide will promote an organic and healthy environment that nurtures students, faculty, and staff to become individuals fulfilled professionally and personally.
We need an educational system that values diversity, so all individuals can reach their full potential and thrive. We propose a shift in paradigm moving away from the idea that students are not "college-ready" and instead create colleges that are "student-ready".
Eco-STEM is the culmination of many years researching strategies to promote student success. Intervention strategies have positively impacted individuals but have not led to the system-wide transformational changes that are needed to support all students.
We believe a collective impact approach is needed to create the conditions for a thriving ecosystem. We are currently developing the structure for communities of practices that will bring together faculty and university leadership to rethink educational practice and university policies in ways that are aligned with the asset-based ecosystem model.
Creating a supportive and culturally responsive learning/working environment for all members of our community
Facilitating the learning process, and making teaching and learning rewarding and fulfilling experiences
Engaging in learning while emphasizing assets of our community to enhance motivation, excellence and success
The project is led by a team with diverse expertise in disciplinary pedagogies, faculty development, cultural assets, and organizational change.
Eco-STEM Project Team