From a Rhode Island School of Design press release:
On Wednesday, June 22, RISD will present a Congressional briefing on the need to integrate art and design with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education as an essential component of the national innovation agenda.
RISD President John Maeda will emphasize the importance of adding Art to STEM education (thereby making STEAM) to teach the flexible thinking and risk-taking that is needed in today’s complex and dynamic world. To realize this potential, he says, scientists, artists and designers need to develop new ways of working together and new modes of research and education. A resolution sponsored by Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) speaks to the importance of art and design in the national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and research agenda.
US News and World Report ranked RISD as the number one fine arts grad school in the nation this year, with its closest rivals being Yale and the Chicago Art Institute.