Blog: The Educated Reporter

Today’s EWA Webinar: Colleges Tackle Challenge of Freshmen STEM Readiness

It’s not uncommon for college students to switch majors — but the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields see more than their fair share of early exits by freshmen.

In today’s EWA webinar Stepping Stones: Covering College Prep in the Summer, experts will discuss how higher education is responding to the need to better prepare new high school graduates for the realities of college-level work, particularly in STEM-related courses.

This is a great opportunity for education reporters to get a deeper understanding of the issues as well as a wealth of ideas for localizing the story for their own readers. Participants will hear from Lee Zia and Connie K. Della-Pianna of the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program and Bob Kolvoord of James Madison University’s Center for STEM Education and Outreach presenting. Michael Morella, associate editor at US News & World Report, will serve as moderator.

The webinar will be held at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, and You can register here. For more on STEM, check out EWA’s Story Starters online resource, which offers background, the latest studies and coverage, as well as Five Questions to Ask. There are also Story Starters on higher education issues, including college completion and online learning.