Leveraging Higher Education’s Untapped Potential To Prepare Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce

This issue brief discusses the importance of cultivating new STEM talent.  Innovations in science and engineering have driven economic growth in the United States over the last five decades. More recently, technology has risen to become a defining driver of productivity in business. In that context, college graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines provide critical talent that fuels America’s competitive ability. Unfortunately, the United States is not producing enough STEM specialists, STEM teachers, or STEM-literate citizens to sufficiently drive innovation, spur economic growth, and produce engaged, informed leaders and citizens.

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