On March 15th, CEO held its fourth Faculty Forum for the academic year; the community gathered for a discussion about National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. This conversation was led by Dr. Suzanne Iacono, PhD, Head of the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) at the NSF and was co-sponsored by the U-M Office of Research.
“Even if we commit the proper funding to support Michigan schools and teachers, we will not be successful until we change perceptions of the work of teaching. … Very few people want to work at unstable jobs for low pay, with little training or support, while experiencing a lack of community trust and respect. We cannot expect professional quality from people we do not treat as professionals,” said Elizabeth Birr Moje, dean and professor of education.
On Thursday, February 15th, students from various high schools in the state came to U-M to participate in Michigan Experience Day. The event, organized by the Center for Educational Outreach’s Michigan College Advising Corps (MCAC), exposes high achieving 11th grade students from the MCAC’s partner high schools to life at U-M.
On February 13th, CEO held its third Faculty Forum for the 2017-2018 academic year; the community gathered for a discussion about promoting STEM education among youth.
The Digital Tools and Youth Outreach community is a group of U-M faculty and staff who meet throughout the academic year to explore the relationships between digital technology, learning and engagement in K-12 environments and success in higher education.
Despite concern about the rising cost of higher education and its value, the need for college-educated workers is more important than ever. If anything, the need for postsecondary education will only grow as society relies increasingly on technology in everyday life (Merisotis, 2015), and as other countries challenge our economic competitiveness.