To compete in the global economy, the United States needs a far deeper pool of college graduates well-educated in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) than it is currently generating. Projections show that STEM-related work opportunities will grow by about 17 percent over the next decade and that almost all of those jobs will require at least a college degree. Kentucky, like all states, must play a role in filling these jobs, but few of its students are currently positioned to pursue careers in STEM fields. BHEF’s research shows that:
This brief is part of the BHEF STEM Workforce and Policy Brief Series, which focuses on important dimensions of the education and workforce misalignment challenge facing the United States. Through this series, BHEF will further analyze 10th and 12th grade student STEM interest and math proficiency, as well as postsecondary enrollment using a longitudinal data set provided by BHEF member organization ACT. These analyses will provide fresh insights into the nature of the STEM challenge and explore unique solutions to these challenges.