US: Association tackles science teaching, again

America's research universities have long struggled with complaints that they don't do enough to educate undergraduates in science. Their main association thinks the time is ripe to tackle the problem again, writes Paul Basken for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Association of American Universities, which represents 59 of the nation's largest research institutions, announced last Wednesday a strategy for encouraging its members and their science faculty to put a greater emphasis on teaching. Despite having its strategy still in development and decades of disappointing attempts before it, association leaders said they're confident that new factors this time around - such as a raft of recent research that has identified best teaching practices - will prove decisive.
Full report on The Chronicle of Higher Education site