Bradley University is doing more to improve learning in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Those disciplines are known as "STEM" fields in academic circles.
Wednesday Bradley officials announced the creation of the Center for STEM Education.
Studies show Americans need more STEM education to remain competitive in the global economy.
The center will develop outreach programs for K-12 students, provide professional development for current teachers and create new approaches for teaching young people hands-on problem solving techniques.
"If are young people are truly going to thrive in the 21st century, they are going to need the problem solving techniques that are inherent with science and mathematics," said Bradley President Joanne Glasser.
Bradley hopes the new program becomes a national model.