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The AAU STEM Initiative – An Overview of the Framework and Project

Dr. Karen Paulson is a senior associate at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). Her areas of expertise include assessment, evaluation, accreditation, and the use of data in state policymaking; she has worked at nearly 60 postsecondary institutions and in 45 states.  Currently she is working with the AAU on metrics in its STEM Initiative and collecting system-level employment data for a National Governors Association project.  Most recently she has authored: Progress towards transparency in higher education, a chapter in Assuring Quality in Online Education: Practices and Processes at Teaching, Resource, and Program Levels with Cali Morrison and Russ Poulin (2013); “Faculty Perceptions of General Education and the Use of High-Impact Practices” in Peer Review (2012); and Down and in: assessment practices at the program level with Peter Ewell and Jillian Kinzie (2011). Paulson holds engineering degrees from UIUC in addition to a Ph.D. in Higher Education with a minor in Policy Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.