CELS Promotes Biological Literacy

The Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences (CELS) is a national coalition of professional societies dedicated to improving undergraduate biology education. CELS encourages all faculty to participate through their professional societies in this remarkable alliance, whose goal is to draw the life sciences community together to address the critical issues in biology education at our colleges and universities and to improve undergraduate learning in biology for all students. While our facult

Spencer Benson
Jan 3, 1999

The Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences (CELS) is a national coalition of professional societies dedicated to improving undergraduate biology education. CELS encourages all faculty to participate through their professional societies in this remarkable alliance, whose goal is to draw the life sciences community together to address the critical issues in biology education at our colleges and universities and to improve undergraduate learning in biology for all students.

While our faculty colleagues in chemistry, physics, engineering, and mathematics are represented by just a few dominant professional societies, life sciences faculty are represented by scores of societies. Indeed, one of the strengths of the life sciences is the large number and diversity of our professional societies. This diversity serves traditional research endeavors and facilitates rapid research advances. However, the structure does not easily address the many issues inherent in undergraduate education that are common to all biological disciplines.

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