Texas Wesleyan earns STEM jobs distinction for 2nd straight year
For the second straight year, Texas Wesleyan has been designated a 2016 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media.
The list rates universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand, high-growth STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) occupations.
"This is an excellent recognition of what we provide for our students," Ricardo E. Rodriguez, Ph.D., interim dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences, said. "The outstanding science and mathematics courses we have available for students interested in STEM careers show we've reached a level that many schools have not."
Measuring a commitment to success
The STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges survey measures how effectively schools align their programs to high-demand, high-paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields.
"The future of science and technology is set, and we're moving toward a more technology-based workforce," said Rodriguez. "STEM is very important because it brings together those fundamental areas of science and allows our students to think creatively about how to utilize information to create the instruments of the future."
Texas Wesleyan was scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary questions around four key indicators of success:
- Opportunities for students to explore STEM subjects
- Promotion of partnerships that foster STEM literacy and connect classrooms to careers
- Coursework and activities that have a focus on careers
- Promotion of STEM programs that actively attract and engage under-represented student populations
Rodriguez knows that this designation is an honor Texas Wesleyan could've earned long before Victory Media released its inaugural rankings last December.
"We have been working at a very high level in STEM education without any kind of formal recognition," said Rodriguez. "When we compare ourselves to other universities, what we find is that we're doing a really good job of preparing our students in terms of critical thinking and analytical reasoning in the STEM areas."