Libraries Open Space to Support University STEM Efforts
AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas Libraries have partnered with Student Success Initiatives in the Provost Office, the College of Natural Sciences, the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Sanger Learning Center to create a supported learning space for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields at The University of Texas at Austin.
“For students looking for help in STEM courses, the new space in the PCL is a tremendous resource. It’s a collaborative learning environment where students can go and get help—whether it be from a TA, tutor, or fellow classmates—in the core STEM courses,” Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management David Laude said.
Natural Sciences and Engineering plan to provide instructor-led sessions with Teaching Assistants in new STEM Learning Spaces and the Sanger Learning Center will conduct pop-up tutoring services in the STEM Study Area targeting students enrolled in STEM gateway courses. The on-site support is expected to enhance student outcomes in relevant fields.
When TA sessions or tutoring services are not scheduled, the renovated areas will be available for use by any library user, regardless of major, so that a partnership developed to benefit a specific user group will have benefits for all library patrons. An increase in the availability of power outlets, new mobile furniture, and a significant increase in whiteboards are just a few of the upgrades that enrich the space.
“The Libraries, as community centers for users across the disciplines, are well-placed to host resources and services — developed in collaboration with our campus partners — that meet the needs of the campus community,” says Vice Provost and Director of the Libraries Lorraine Haricombe. “This new space at PCL will help to ensure that students in these essential fields have the support for their work in tandem with the informational resources needed for academic success.”
A public opening and ribbon-cutting for the launch of the new space in the University Federal Credit Union Room will occur Monday, January 25 at 1 p.m., with remarks by Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management David Laude, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences Linda Hicke, Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering Sharon Wood and Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Lorraine Haricombe.