It is no secret that UConn is the kind of school to go to if you want a quality education in a quantitative field. As one of the top-rated public research universities in the country, it should come as no surprise that year after year, we churn out accomplished STEM students into the workplace where they are often extremely successful. A recent article in the UConn Today newsletter entitled “UConn’s STEM Pipeline” highlights the impressive achievements of the science and technology-based offices and boasts statistics of their growth over the past years. However, in this article, and in most of the virtual newsletter, there is a severe lack of talk about the university’s other academic departments, only serving to somewhat alienate the students and faculty involved with departments other than STEM.
STEM fields are undoubtedly important both in and out of the sphere of UConn, and this article does well to describe this importance. It also speaks to the history of STEM and the growth of the field over our country’s lifetime. Most importantly, the article encourages STEM students, not just by sharing their impressive job statistics (with greater than 90 percent of STEM majors finding jobs within the state after graduation), but by telling personal success stories of students past and present that have gone through UConn’s “STEM pipeline”.
This is all great, and there is obviously nothing wrong with encouraging students in these disciplines to look forward to the positive outcomes of students’ past and bright futures ahead of them. The issue itself does not lie within this article specifically, but within the university and its advertising as a whole. While we clearly boast extremely impressive and successful STEM programs, there is an entirely different side to UConn that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, and the UConn Today newsletter often shows this. While our STEM students are extremely important, the students in the arts and humanities at UConn are equally talented. They deserve the same sort of attention and recognition in UConn Today and other publications that our science and technology driven students do.
It is unfair for one group of students to seem underappreciated or underrepresented in the school’s media as has happened in the past. We are a university with an extremely diverse population, and as such, we need to have readily available news that represents the diverse fields, majors, and interests that this school represents.