A meeting this summer between officials from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and community college leaders illustrates how important the federal agency views two-year colleges in preparing students for careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
In June, NSF and the American Association of Community Colleges(AACC) convened the Broadening Impact: NSF Funded Projects at Two-Year Colleges Conference, which marked the first time NSF officials from all of the agency’s divisions and directorates held wide-ranging dialogues with several hundred community college educators who represented a variety of disciplines, technician preparation and transfer programs.
A recent conference report summarizes small-group discussions about the challenges community college educators encounter when preparing NSF grant proposals, as well as community college educators’ suggestions for areas where NSF could broaden its support.
NSF has long recognized community colleges as both the nation’s leading source of technician education and as the higher education institutions where many engineers, scientists, teachers and other STEM professionals begin their postsecondary learning. <Read more.>