For the past 12 years, Denise Hatcher, Associate Professor of Spanish, has brought her passion for the language to nearby Freeman Elementary School by running a Spanish club for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
While he was on campus Feb. 14 to announce a $500,000 gift to the STEM Partnership School at AU, we asked Frank Clark, Exelon Foundation board member and chairman and CEO of ComEd, to talk about why the project is so important for his company and the nation.
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.