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The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network was established in July 1990, as a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, dedicated to improving education for minorities throughout the nation. It is the successor organization to the MIT-based QEM Project that was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. With initial support from Carnegie and MIT, QEM began its operation as a focal point for the implementation of strategies to help realize the vision and goals set forth in the QEM Project's January 1990 report: Education That Works: An Action Plan for the Education of Minorities.

QEM seeks to put into practice the recommendations in the QEM Action Plan by working with minority and non-minority individuals, organizations, and institutions around the country to help coordinate and energize efforts to improve the education of minorities, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The QEM Network engages in activities designed to:

  • Promote, and disseminate information on, promising research results on the education of minorities, and serve as a resource in evaluating educational programs and projects;
  • Stimulate and assist in the development of programs to increase the number of minorities in science and engineering fields;
  • Implement a series of workshops in areas of special interest such as the under-participation of minority males in STEM and concerns of women STEM faculty at Hispanic-serving institutions;
  • Provide technical assistance to faculty and administrators at minority-serving institutions (particularly Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-serving Institutions) in the development of their proposal ideas into competitive proposals for submission to: cross-directorate programs at NSF such as CAREER and Major Research Instrumentation; programs in the Foundation’s Education and Human Resources Directorate such as Math and Science Partnerships, Innovation through Institutional Integration, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), and Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP); and programs in NSF Research Directorates;
  • Assist new STEM project directors through workshops and campus visits in the successful implementation of their funded multi-year projects, particularly during the initial years; and
  • Strengthen the leadership capabilities of STEM faculty, staff, and students at minority-serving institutions, particularly at HBCUs and Tribal Colleges and Universities, to help ensure greater diversity in the leadership of campus-based STEM projects. Pathways to leadership development have included Leadership Development Institutes for STEM faculty at TCUs and HBCUs; Health-focused Student Summer and Academic Year Internships; Summer student Science Internships and short-term Academic Year Faculty Appointments at NSF; and Research Appointments at major NSF-funded Research Centers.
  • This unique array of opportunities and approaches has enabled QEM to establish an extensive network of STEM faculty, administrators, and students and to successfully engage in a range of institutional and individual capacity-building activities. Strategies employed and lessons learned the implementation of one project inform approaches in other projects. With the assistance of experienced STEM consultants and evaluators, QEM offers high quality technical assistance, encouragement, and follow-up support to chief academic officers, STEM faculty, and STEM students at a range of minority-serving institutions as well as underrepresented minority faculty at non-minority institutions.