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The Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (CSMEE) was established in 1995 to provide coordination of all the National Research Council's education activities and reform efforts for students at all levels, specifically those in kindergarten through twelfth grade, undergraduate institutions, school-to-work programs, and continuing education. The Center reports directly to the Governing Board of the National Research Council.
This study by CSMEE's Committee on Undergraduate Science Education (CUSE) was conducted under a grant from the Exxon Education Foundation to the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. Any opinions, findings, or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the members of the committee and the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Exxon Education Foundation.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Transforming undergraduate education in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology / Committee on Undergraduate Science Education, Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education, National Research Council.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ).
ISBN 0-309-06294-2 (perfectbound)
1. Science—Study and teaching (Higher)—United States. 2. Mathematics—Study and teaching (Higher)—United States. 3. Technology—Study and teaching (Higher)—United States. I. Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education. Committee on Undergraduate Science Education.
Q183.3.A1 T73 1999
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