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An intensive year-long program prepares low-income, young adults in ten urban areas for professional and academic success by teaching them professional skills and providing internship opportunities. ...More

Addressing the STEM Workforce Challenge: Kentucky

BHEF Publications
Kentucky has an opportunity to increase its STEM-ready workforce. The large percentage of STEM interested students already enrolled in college who are very close to math proficiency represents a fruitful area for partnerships between business and higher education. In addition, Kentucky should consider developing strategies that build awareness of the benefits of STEM education and careers, starting with students who are already proficient in math but currently not interested in pursuing STEM. ...More

BHEF Policy Brief - Meeting the STEM Workforce Challenge: Leveraging Higher Education’s Untapped Potential To Prepare Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce

BHEF Publications
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 and industry. In that context, college graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines provide critical talent that fuels America’s competitive ability. ...More

PolicyDirect: Connecting Postsecondary Education Research with Decision Makers

PolicyDirect is an online database showcasing research around important to student outcomes. ...More

Addressing the STEM Workforce Challenge: Ohio

BHEF Publications
Ohio, like many states, has a challenge ahead in meeting the demand for STEM-skilled workers. The state could begin by focusing on the large percentage of students who are already math proficient and enrolled in college, offering them incentives and building interest in entering the field. In addition, initiatives focused on increasing math proficiency and STEM interest among African American and female students could create a more diverse STEM workforce. ...More

The Innovation Premium on Today's Workforce

July 19th, 2012
By Brian K. Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, BHEF
June’s unemployment report suggested the underlying weakness of the recovery from the Great Recession. Yet, the preoccupation in the media on the jobless numbers belies an equally significant problem. While 12 million Americans look for work, more than 3 million jobs remain unfilled. The inability to fill these jobs hits at the core of the U.S. economy and an essential ingredient for competitiveness: innovation. ...More

BHEF Research Brief - STEM Interest Among College Students: Where They Enroll

BHEF Publications
Students who graduate high school proficient in math are typically prepared to pursue STEM majors in college. However, many students in the United States who are currently enrolled in two- and four-year colleges and universities are not proficient in mathematics. In addition, a large pool of the students who do enter college with the math proficiency to succeed in STEM majors are not interested in the field. ...More

Higher Ed: Sticker Price, Potential Earnings Can Be Deceptive

July 3rd, 2012
By David Maxwell, President, Drake University and Larry Zimpleman, Chairman, President, and CEO, The Principal Financial Group
This past April, thousands of college-bound high school seniors and their families were forced to make a series of bewildering decisions: Which is the best college or university for me? Which school(s) can we afford? What should I major in? On what other criteria do I base my choice? Students are increasingly making critical life choices based primarily on money -- choices that ultimately may turn out to be the wrong ones in the long run. ...More

Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS)

Program that Works
Program with demonstrated success impacting STEM undergraduate grades, retention, and graduation rates. ...More

Addressing the STEM Workforce Challenge: Missouri

BHEF Publications
While states and the federal government have put efforts in place to increase the size of the workforce trained in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to meet innovation demands, there continues to be a nationwide shortage of students who are interested in and prepared for such careers. Missouri is no exception to this problem, one which threatens to impact the country’s ability to compete in the global economy. ...More

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