The various parts of STEMTEC will be under direct administrative supervision of the STEMTEC Council. Day-to-day
operations will be centered in the offices of the STEM Education Institute and the Five College/Public School Partnership.
- STEMTEC Board: Basic policies will be set by the Board, composed of the PI's, representatives of the school
districts, higher education partners, Continental Cablevision, and PALMS (the state SSI program). It will meet at least
twice each year.
- STEMTEC Council: The PI's will meet regularly as the Council to review all aspects of the project, assess progress,
plan for the next phases and make ongoing adjustments as required. PI Sternheim will take the principal responsibility
for monitoring all project activities. He will also be responsible for overseeing the technology components of the
- Curriculum Committees: Each curriculum committee will have a chair who will schedule its academic-year sessions,
track the progress of the committee members, and prepare summary reports of the changes and revisions incorporated
into the courses and curricula. The chairs will meet monthly as a Coordinating Council chaired by Co-PI Yuretich which
will ensure that the revisions in the undergraduate programs are proceeding in accordance with STEMTEC goals.
- Teaching Experiences and Mentoring: Co-PI's Feldman and Wilson will be responsible for supervising the
development of teaching opportunities in the colleges and the schools, as well as recruiting and working with the mentor
- Evaluation and Assessment: Evaluation and assessment will be carried out at several levels by an integrated team
directed by the Donahue Institute. The evaluation, which is described in detail in Section 14, will focus on summative and
formative evaluation of two major areas: course reform and teacher recruitment. Summative evaluation will be done
primarily by the Institute. Formative evaluation will be done by members of the team who can remain in close contact
with teachers and students in the project. Dr. Eric Heller, Director of Research, Evaluation and Information Technology
at the Donahue Institute, will oversee the design and implementation of the evaluation plan. He has extensive experience
over the past decade in program evaluation for a broad range of client groups and substantive domains. As an
organization reporting to the President of the five UMass campuses, the institute is positioned to perform an independent
summative evaluation of the project, and yet is physically located at the Amherst campus. Dr. Mary Dean Sorcinelli,
Director of the UMass Center for Teaching, will oversee the standard formative evaluations of the reformed courses. Dr.
Sorcinelli has many years of experience in providing critical feedback and course revision suggestions to UMass faculty.
The Center will also conduct more intensive formative evaluations such as video tape analysis in selected courses. Dr.
John Clement will conduct intensive formative evaluation and research in selected courses. He has twenty years of
experience in the analysis of student learning difficulties. His efforts will address generalizable learning issues which can
inform other projects in the nation. Co-PI Allan Feldman will document the organizational development of STEMTEC.
- Dissemination: Co-PI D'Avanzo will lead in dissemination of results (Section 15). This will involve arranging for the
preparation of videos, obtaining information about producing computer software, organizing STEMTEC research
conferences, and coordinating publication and presentation efforts by STEMTEC participants.
- Campus Coordinators: Each campus will have a coordinator, in most cases an administrative staff member, who will
ensure the smooth operation of STEMTEC enterprise on the campus. He or she will relay notices to the students,
college faculty and teachers participating in the project affiliated with that college, assist in campus budgetary
management, and facilitate the school experiences of the undergraduates on their campuses. Campus coordinators will
meet monthly with PI Sternheim and Co-PI's Wilson and Feldman to review overall STEMTEC progress and the
teaching opportunities programs.
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