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Objectives

The following single set of Objectives provides the mechanism to achieve all three WVUCE-STEM goals. To increase the number of students and professionals in STEM, we must provide key ingredients for increasing STEM proficiency for ALL students. Through accomplishing these two primary goals, we will be well positioned to serve as a national model for the improvement of STEM education at a major university. This improvement is being planned in such a way as to maximize the benefits to the state. We are West Virginia's University.
Objective 1: Design and investigate STEM learning environments (formal and informal).
Action 1.1: Partner with educators at WVU and other institutions to carry out this objective, seeking external funding for research-based, knowledge-generating activities.

Aligned with University Goal 2, Objectives 1 and 3, and Action 1.
Aligned with CEHS Goal 1, Objective 1.2, Action 12.

Objective 2: Provide more rigorous preparation for STEM students K-12. 
Action 2.1: Partner with the WV Department of Education to provide enhanced coursework for K-12 students; graduate more, better prepared new STEM teachers; and improve professional development for in-service STEM teachers.
Action 2.2: Partner with the WV Statewide Afterschool Network to provide enhanced afterschool and summer informal education programming for K-12 students while enhancing the preparation of new STEM teachers and improving professional development for in-service STEM teachers.
Action 2.3: Recruit, retain, educate, and graduate students in both the WVUteach and PhysTEC programs that are highly desired by employers.

Aligned with University Goal 1, Objectives 2-3, and Actions 1 and 4.
Aligned with Statler Goal 1, Actions 1 and 6.

Objective 3: Increase interest in STEM careers among K-20 learners in West Virginia.
Action 3.1: Partner with private and public entities committed to this same goal.

Aligned with University Goal 1, Objectives 1, and Action 4.

Objective 4: Enhance the Quality and Supply of STEM Teachers.
Action 4.1: Partner with Colleges housing STEM majors and the College of Education and Human Services to fully implement WVUteach and PhysTEC and to support the STEM preparation received by those in all preparation programs on campus.
Action 4.2: Enrich Undergraduate Learning in the WVUteach and PhysTEC Programs: To build critical thinking, communication, and career transition skills needed to succeed in a world that is highly interconnected, diverse, and technology-driven.
Action 4.3: Provide WVUteach and PhysTEC students’ effective tools to manage their college experience.
Action 4.4: Enhance and integrate experiential learning in each WVUteach and PhysTEC major.
Action 4.5: Help students understand connections between their ongoing college experiences and post-graduation life.
Action 4.6: Align WVUteach and PhysTEC teaching with cutting edge methods and technologies.

Aligned with University Goal 1, Objective 2, Actions 1 and 7.
Aligned with Eberly Goal 1, Objectives 1-4.
Aligned with CEHS Goal 2, Objective 2.3, Action 1a-d.

Objective 5: Meet STEM Job Needs in West Virginia.
Action 5.1: Partner with University and State Administrators to Establish Goals for WVU to provide graduates with the skills necessary to attain high-paying STEM jobs already available in West Virginia, and attract new jobs to West Virginia.
Action 5.2: Enrich Undergraduate Learning in STEM Programs: To build critical thinking, communication, and career transition skills needed to succeed in a world that is highly interconnected, diverse, and technology-driven.
Action 5.3: Provide STEM students’ effective tools to manage their college experience.
Action 5.4: Help students understand connections between their ongoing college experiences and post-graduation life.

Aligned with University Goal 5, Objective 2, and Action 2.
Aligned with Eberly Goal 1, Objectives 1 and 3
Aligned with Statler Goal 1, Actions 1-4

Objective 6: Increase successful retention of students pursuing STEM majors at WVU.
Action 6.1: Engage in research in this important topic, forming cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Action 6.2: Partner with University Administrators to enact university policies that support student retention in STEM.
Action 6.3: Partner with Student Support Specialists and Faculty to improve the advising and mentoring received by WVU students to support retention in STEM.
Aligned with University Goal 1, Objective 1, and Action 6.
Aligned with University Goal 2, Objectives 1 and 3, and Action 1.