STEM education: University

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 called for a Federal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education 5-Year Strategic Plan.  The Act similarly requires that a report provide an update on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, the efficiency and coherence of federal STEM programs, and dissemination of STEM education research and resources.  This Progress Report was recently published by the Office of Scie

7 Apr 2014

The President’s FY 2015 Budget proposal for science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) education revises and develops the goals proposed in the Administration’s 2013 Federal STEM Education Five Year Strategic Plan.  In FY 2015, the Administration is not proposing the transfer of funding between federal agencies that was seen in the FY 2014 STEM education budget proposal.  The FY 2015 proposal restores some of the funding transferred in FY 2014 between federal agencies including

14 Mar 2014

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) submitted a recent 9-page letter report to the President addressing the development of massive open online courses (MOOC) and the role of technology in education.   The development of information technology for use in higher education is of particular interest to PCAST and to the Administration as they seek to address the rise in higher education costs.

11 Feb 2014

Last night’s State of the Union address and an event this morning held by the Office of Science and Technology Policy demonstrate the Obama Administration’s continued emphasis on the importance of research and development and related policy matters. The following are excerpts from the President’s State of the Union address regarding R&D funding, climate change, STEM education, and immigration reform:

R&D Funding:

13 Feb 2013

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is a subject of much discussion in Washington. The National Research Council report, Research Universities and the Future of America, was the topic of two hearings in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the last Congress and continues to generate discussion among policy makers. Scientific professional societies, including the American Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers both AIP Member Societies, and the American Chemical Society, have issued reports including those on the status of graduat

1 Feb 2013

Momentum is increasing on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to change the way in which visas would be provided to recent college graduates and professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. There have been three significant events this week related to the reform of immigration law, all of which are intended to strengthen the STEM workforce in the United States.

31 Jan 2013

During yesterday’s Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama spoke of several areas of direct interest to the physics community. In his speech of approximately eighteen minutes, the President touched briefly on math and science teachers, research laboratories, the development of sustainable energy sources and new jobs and industry. He discussed at somewhat greater length climate change and “the overwhelming judgment of science.”

22 Jan 2013

President Barack Obama has signed into law H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013. This legislation provides policy and budget guidance for the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). It does not provide the actual funding, which is contained in the yet to be enacted FY 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill.

18 Jan 2013

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met on November 30 to discuss science and technology policy issues including reviewing a report on the US networking and information technology research and development program and examining Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs).  They also received an update about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and heard about effective programs at Florida International University aimed at improving Hispanic student participation in STEM. 

11 Jan 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a November 15 hearing examining global competitiveness as it relates to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce.  The subcommittee has held past hearing on manufacturing jobs, during which companies described a lack of available workers who are educated in STEM fields.  Policy makers have heard from companies concerned about meeting their future STEM workforce needs and subcommittee Members were interested in learning which manufacturing industries are most affect

22 Nov 2013


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