Dean Strohecker to Participate in National Executive Leadership Working Meeting

Dean Carol Strohecker

Dean Carol Strohecker is among 50 nationwide invitees selected to participate in the National Executive Leadership Working Meeting on Integration in Higher Education.

Co-hosted by the Alliance for Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), this conversation will help shape the future of higher education.

The meeting, entitled “Arts, Humanities, and STEM/M Integration in Higher Education: at the Intersection of Workforce Pathways and Engaged Citizenry,” will be held May 24-25 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC.

The 50 executive leaders from higher education, government, philanthropy, and creative industries will provide a response to the NASEM National Report on Integrating Humanities and the Arts with Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Dean Strohecker will also be present for the May 7 release of this joint consensus report at the National Academies.

Investigations leading to this milestone began with a series of federally supported meetings, as well as collaborative events and reports, culminating in a December 2015 workshop with joint support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A committee, chaired by David Skorton (Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution), was established to collect evidence and models for integration of the arts and humanities and STEM/M fields at 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, and graduate programs.

The think tank this May will be a concerted effort to study the report results and propose what actions research universities might take to prepare students to be more effective communicators, critical thinkers, problem-solvers and leaders; and more creative and effective scientists, engineers, technologists, and healthcare providers.

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