Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

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

BHEF Research Brief - Creating the Workforce of the Future: The STEM Interest and Proficiency Challenge

BHEF Publications
Current interest in STEM fields and proficiency in math are not sufficient to meet U.S. workforce demand. As the country’s population becomes increasingly diverse, gender and race/ethnicity disparities in STEM interest and proficiency will exacerbate workforce challenges. Policy interventions will require a nuanced two-pronged approach focused on increasing STEM interest and improving math proficiency. ...More

BHEF Research Brief - Meeting the STEM Workforce Demand: Accelerating Math Learning Among Students Interested in STEM

BHEF Publications
STEM-interested, but not math proficient students represent some of the low-hanging fruit of the STEM education pipeline. In particular, using new learning tools to accelerate math achievement during the latter part of high school could move considerable numbers of students into STEM education and the STEM workforce, increasing the diversity of both. ...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

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

Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN)

Regional Effort
The Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) is a collaborative effort among business, P-12, higher education, non-profit, and government entities aimed at building and connecting STEM teaching and learning capacity in the state of Ohio. ...More


Program that Works
MentorNet is an e-mentoring program that matches women and others underrepresented in STEM-related fields with successful professional for a guided eight-month, one-on-one relationship. ...More

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