ERIC Number: EJ793922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Toward a Federal STEM Policy
Brett, James T.
New England Journal of Higher Education, v22 n1 p30 Sum 2007
Key New England industries including information technology, defense technology, biotechnology, environmental services, health care and university research rely upon people with skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Yet, just 20 percent of New England high school students who took the SATs in 2005 indicated a desire to major in a STEM field. That is below the U.S. average of 26 percent and significantly below the rate of North Carolina, a major competitor where 33 percent of SAT-takers said they were interested in a STEM major. To head off labor shortages in crucial STEM fields, New England needs to shore up the pipeline of talent with a long-term strategy that focuses on K-12 and higher education. While there are roles for state governments and the private sector to play in improving STEM education, educators urge New England's congressional delegation to propose a significant "federal" initiative to encourage and promote STEM education nationally.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Sector, Elementary Secondary Education, High School Students, Teachers, Engineering, Mathematics, Sciences, Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Defense Education Act