In December 2014, Victory Media selected Texas Wesleyan University as one of 1,600 STEM-approved colleges around the country.
Dr. Christopher Parker, a microbiology professor at Wesleyan, said the fact that Wesleyan is STEM approved is great. It allows students to apply what they learned in science, technology, engineering, and math in the real world.
“STEM is applying critical thinking to real world problems, said Parker. “It is problem solving in action.”
Victory Media is a veteran-owned business that helps brand and promote corporate America and higher education through digital and print media, according to the company’s website.
The 2015 list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and significance to high-demand, high-growth science, technology, engineering, and math professions, according to the company’s website.
Wesleyan was among over 1,600 schools that participated in the extensive survey process. Which evaluated the university’s program alignment to job demand, diversity among STEM programs, and graduate success in STEM careers, according to the company’s website.
“The war for STEM talent is on, and the battles for that talent begin in the classroom, with America’s largest renewable pool of STEM talent — graduating students,” according to the company’s website.
“This recognition is important because these jobs are in high demand, and we work hard to ensure our graduates are competitive,” said Marcel Satsky Kerr, Ph.D., dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences, in an online article at txwes.edu.
Wesleyan’s class size allows students in these fields hands-on training and plenty of lab time.
Dr. Bruce Benz, chair of the biology department at Wesleyan, said the STEM fields are the highest in demand among the country in terms of need and employment.
“Solutions to world problems come from innovations in those areas,” said Benz. “We are doing great things here at Wesleyan in our STEM education by offering hands-on training to our students to allow them to compete in the competitive STEM job field.”
Wesleyan has been doing amazing things in the science field for decades and this new achievement credits the university’s hard work, said Benz.
“This new recognition has the potential to draw new students and faculty into Wesleyan,” said Benz. “The recognition that was awarded to us was timely, appropriate, and will be worn with pride.”