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ERIC Number: ED531918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Gaining Momentum, Losing Ground. Tapping America's Potential, Progress Report 2008
Tapping America's Potential
In July 2005, 15 of America's most prominent business organizations joined together to express their deep concern about the ability of the United States to sustain its scientific and technological leadership in a world where newly energized foreign competitors are investing in the capacity for innovation--the key driver of productivity and economic growth in advanced economies. The business organizations formed the Tapping America's Potential (TAP) coalition to advocate for renewed attention to U.S. competitiveness and America's capacity to innovate. TAP established a goal to double the number of U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates with bachelor's degrees by 2015. Since the TAP report was issued three years ago, 2002-2006 data have become available that show U.S. STEM bachelor's degrees awarded in that period fall short of what will be required to reach 400,000 by 2015. While the number of STEM degrees awarded has remained relatively flat for three years, the policy changes the business community has called for to attract and retain more undergraduate STEM majors have not been enacted. Congress has authorized, but not yet funded, the expansion of science and engineering research and STEM education programs that will make STEM majors more attractive to undergraduates. This paper reports the progress made on the TAP Agenda. Examples of Progress on Specific TAP Recommendations are appended. (Contains 1 footnote.) [For "Gaining Momentum, Losing Ground. Tapping America's Potential (TAP) Progress Report, 2008. Executive Summary," see ED531919.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tapping America's Potential