Colleagues and Friends:
North Carolina A&T State University is committed to excellence in all educational, research, and outreach program endeavors. With an emphasis on preeminence in STEM, the University fosters a climate of economic competitiveness that prepares students for the global society.
Research shows that active learning instructional methods improve student success, particularly in STEM fields of study. In January 2013, the STEM Center of Excellence for Active Learning (SCEAL) was established based on a five-year, $1,760,000 gift from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Foundation. The Center supports the University's goal of preeminence and excellence in STEM.
SCEAL’s overarching goal is to transform pedagogy, institutional teaching and learning at NC A&T to significantly increase the production of high-achieving students who will pursue careers and increase diversity in the STEM workforce. This goal will be accomplished through three main objectives:
- Build a strategic pipeline for high-achieving STEM students;
- Build and implement mathematics and science models for student-centered active learning; and
- Build a community of practice for student-centered learning.
American Industrialist Henry Ford once said:
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
The Center is comprised of a community of scholars working together to build a sustainable environment for student success at NC A&T. During our first three years, implementation of the Center’s objectives has led to a cultural shift in teaching and learning. This shift resulted in an increase in interdisciplinary faculty collaborations to write grant proposals, publish research papers, and present research at regional, local and national meetings.
SCEAL is committed to supporting faculty in their efforts to transform their curricula through evidence-based active learning strategies. We also provide pre-college and college support programs to broaden the pool of students who advance towards careers in STEM.
Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to working with and hearing from you as we build a prolific pipeline that fulfills the global needs of the 21st century and beyond.
Margaret I. Kanipes, Ph.D.