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Success through Transformative Education and Active Mentoring (STEAM) is a First in the World (FITW) grant project, funded by the United States Department of Education. As FITW grantees, we have been charged with researching and testing strategies for bringing post-secondary education in the United States back to being First in the World.

Our project at Purdue University, STEAM, is a study based on our successful course-transformation program Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT). Through the use of experimental and control sections, we aim to empirically demonstrate that a more student-centered learning environment leads to benefits such as greater learning, higher grades, and higher rates of student retention in the major and the university.

If you would like to learn more about STEAM and the work we are accomplishing at Purdue University, please contact the project manager, Dr. Jennifer D. Moss at moss16@purdue.edu.

Project Overview

For the STEAM project, primarily we are recruiting courses that:

  • Are in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Enroll primarily freshmen or sophomores
  • Enroll large numbers of students, either in large sections or in multiple sections
  • Are common courses in plans of study from multiple departments
  • Have multiple sections so comparisons can be made between transformed and “business-as-usual” sections.

Faculty members who participate in STEAM will:

  • Participate in the IMPACT program to transform their course.
  • Identify or create a knowledge exam that is specific to their course.
  • Administer the knowledge exam as a pre-test and post-test
  • Allow the STEAM team to administer the Student Perceptions Survey to their students at the beginning and end of the semesters