Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway

The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway initiative is built on the belief that school systems, individual schools, departments, or teachers can improve their STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach. ​

The Center for Excellence in STEM Education staff has been trained to facilitate the use of the Carnegie STEM Pathway with schools. Central Michigan University is currently the sole pathway provider in Michigan.


​​​​Priority Areas
  • Teacher qualifications
  • Curriculum
  • Instructional Practices
  • Assessment and Demonstration   of Skills
  • Family Engagement
  • Real-World Connections

Within each area are specific criteria and descriptions of levels of performance. After assess themselves in each area, schools or district select up to three areas as priorities.

They then formulate an action plan and timeline to address their selected priority areas.

The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway fosters thinking about long-term strategic goals with a focus on continuous growth. It helps identify tenets of quality STEM Education and then implement them. The Pathway is not punitive. Instead it is envisioned as a long-term, goal-oriented, encouraging approach.

Interested in sharing this opporunity with your colleagues? Share this page or download the STEM Excellence Pathway Flyer.


The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is made possible through the generous support of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.