The STEM Partnership School at Aurora University found one of its early champions Tuesday when the Exelon Foundation announced a $500,000 gift to help create a new national model for mathematics and science education on the AU campus.
Aurora University plans to start offering online courses in 2012, beginning with select classes for current students. Fully online programs will launch in the fall, making it possible to earn an AU degree without stepping foot on campus.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more that 20 percent of eighth-grade students are not able to perform basic mathematical calculations, and U.S. high school seniors recently tested below the international average in mathematics and science. It is also becoming apparent that the number of American students graduating from college with a degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields has not been sufficient to fulfill the needs of high-tech companies.
00000The innovative STEM education model being created at Aurora University is already making a difference in the community when it comes to student achievement and teacher preparation in mathematics and science. Edwin Maisonet, a West Aurora School District teacher, has developed new instructional methods based on research he did in a STEM-focused master’s degree program […]
More than 130 people, including local, state and national elected officials, attended the Elected Officials Breakfast in University Banquet Hall on Oct. 22, 2011.