ERIC Number: ED486341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Higher Education. Federal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Programs and Related Trends. Report to the Chairman, Committe on Rules, House of Representatives. GAO-06-114
US Government Accountability Office
The United States has long been known as a world leader in scientific and technological innovation. To help maintain this advantage, the federal government has spent billions of dollars on education programs in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields for many years. However, concerns have been raised about the nation's ability to maintain its global technological competitive advantage in the future. This report presents information on: (1) The number of federal programs funded in fiscal year 2004 that were designed to increase the number of students and graduates pursuing STEM degrees and occupations or improve educational programs in STEM fields, and what agencies report about their effectiveness; (2) How the numbers, percentages, and characteristics of students, graduates, and employees in STEM fields have changed over the years; and (3) Factors cited by educators and others as affecting students' decisions about pursing STEM degrees and occupations, and suggestions that have been made to encourage more participation. (Includes 11 appendices, 38 tables, and 5 figures.)
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Engineering Education, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Trends, Information Technology, Educational Improvement, Academic Degrees, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.