STEM = science + technology + engineering + mathematics
“We must work with teachers, local schools, higher education and the business community to ensure a robust and rigorous education for all of our students, including in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. New Hampshire’s public colleges and universities have set an ambitious goal of doubling the number of STEM students that graduate by 2025. We should embrace that goal and make achieving it a state priority.”
– New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, inaugural address, January 3, 2013
STEM refers to the fields of study deemed essential to a well-rounded education and success in the global economy. Keene State is a partner in a commitment made in 2012 by the University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System of New Hampshire to increase the number of STEM graduates by 50 percent by 2020 and double that number by 2025.
What does that mean for STEM education at Keene State? The College is well-placed to ramp up its already high-quality programs in these fields. The STEM disciplines at KSC are known for their undergraduate research experiences, effective and hands-on use of technology, community and industry collaborations, and successful job and graduate-school placements. Keene State’s David F. Putnam Science Center and brand-new Technology, Design, and Safety (TDS) Center are state-of-the-art facilities that welcome new STEM students.
The 2012 STEM commitment calls for:
- Expanded recruitment across all socio-economic groups of promising students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- Resources to share and expand faculty and staff expertise
- Seamless transfer agreements with the Community College System and collaboration on course development
- More partnerships with New Hampshire employers
- Greater promotion of STEM career opportunities
General information about STEM