SEISMIC: The Sloan Equity and Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses Project
Equity and inclusion are important goals for higher education. Data can play a central role in achieving these goals. First, data are essential for probing equity. To provide an example, I will describe the discovery of a pattern of gendered performance differences in large foundational courses, both at Michigan and at an array of other Universities. Data can also help create solutions, as when we test new course designs and develop tools that personalize education.
Over the last year, a group of ten large public research universities have launched the Sloan Equity and Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses, or SEISMIC project. Dozens of faculty, staff, and students from these institutions are working to connect STEM education research to practice in a national “learning laboratory.” Together, we hope to provide the evidence necessary to motivate change, and find practical ways to make our courses more equitable and inclusive.