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The Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STC

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The STC Program Vision: The NSF Perspective
Nathaniel G. Pitts Director, Office of Integrative Activities November 17, 1999

Overview
Program Origin Program Goals Program Evaluation Criteria

Program Origin
Congressional Pressures
Cross-Disciplinary Research Math and Science Education and Training of Americans U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce

National Science Board NSF Senior Staff

STCs...A VERY RISKY BUSINESS
Risk in research outcomes Risk in educational goals Management Risk

Awardees vs. Declinees
Value Added Regional or National Impact Demonstrated commitment of Institutions Leadership

Built on the backs of the original STCs
Think of it like a small business Seek sound external advice Institutionalize education and diversity issues Communication, Communication, Communication

The Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STC)

WHAT ABOUT YEAR ELEVEN? Better yet,,,,, WHAT ABOUT YEAR FIVE?

The Business Concept
Good Management Principles Communication considerations Strategic Planning Accountability Issues Board of Directors (Advisory Body) Your research and student products

NSF in a Changing World
3 overarching goals
world class science promote discovery in service to society excellence in science math and engineering education

4 core strategies
strengthening physical infrastructure integrating research and education promote partnerships developing intellectual capital

Equal value for research and education.

Issues possible to approach in this mode of support:
Connectivity of the community for various items (research, education, communications) What the internet affords Partnerships in research, education
(U/I; U/U; U/State; U/Fed; U/INT) too numerous to enumerate all

International issues Education over the web (curriculum reform) Models for dissemination Collaboration competencies Innovative and non-traditional uses of technologies/communications

The Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STC) Research efforts not before possible Involvement of researchers in education efforts at a different level
(bring your creative juices to bear on the k-12 education system of this nation..with institutionalization of models in mind)

Not feel good education and outreach A cultural Change agent on campuses

Let’s talk money!
Growing agency dollar-wise ($4B to $10B) Center mode of support
Innovative uses of technologies, communications, business practices

Blue Ribbon Panel – sufficient funds to support vision Other proposals possible, but not for your core functions

Complexity
In research problems approached In student products prepared-the next generation
U.S. Students the minority population Underrepresented groups in science and Engineering
Congress

Education of general population
Why do U.S. taxpayers pay for basic research?

We need you to develop systems to help make the case that the general public will understand

In partnership management and communication In coordination of this multifaceted enterprise

The Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STC)
Built on the shoulders of your predecessors
Prior evaluations Prior reviews Prior audits

Review types and number of reviews Available dollars for centers Education models and what is possible Internet uses Timeframe Management principles Productivity Connections/connectivity (National Network)

The Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STC)

We want, Need, and expect your Center to be successful!