A New Era In CCSU STEM Education
Science Merges With Former School of Engineering & Technology
Say goodbye to the School of Engineering & Technology, and hello to the new School of Engineering, Science & Technology. The school’s reorganization—which brings the departments of biology, chemistry, math, and physics and earth sciences into the School—reflects the emergence of STEM-based curriculum in higher education.
“STEM education grows out of the idea that the boundaries between science, technology, engineering, and math are permeable,” says Dean Faris A. Malhas. “By endeavoring to blend those fields in its approach, STEM education seeks to create 21st-century learning opportunities and skill development for a new breed of technical professionals.”
Having all four disciplines under one common administrative structure provides a better, more efficient allocation of resources.
"The new configuration allows resources to be focused on the applied sciences, and thus provides the best opportunities for cross-disciplinary discussions and program integration," says Malhas, noting how a common organizational structure promotes collaborative research opportunities, a unified student recruitment strategy, and potential partnerships with local business and industry, particularly science and engineering companies.