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Program that Works
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

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

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
Blog Post
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
Blog Post
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

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


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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

Iowa Math and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP)

Program that Works
The IMSEP is a large, multifaceted endeavor to raise STEM capacity and activity in Iowa. The program spans a network of institutions, including universities, K-12 schools, industry, governmental organizations, museums, zoos, and others. ...More

BHEF STEM Higher Education & Workforce Project: Maryland Pilot

Regional Effort
BHEF has launched the STEM Higher Education and Workforce Project to forge new strategic partnerships among business and industry, higher education, and government to strengthen STEM higher education and enhance the STEM workforce. The project seeks to: identify and encourage the scaling of programs, policies, and strategies that deepen the relevance and content of college-level STEM learning; increase enrollment, persistence, and successful graduation of students, particularly women and underrepresented minorities; and increase the alignment of undergraduate STEM education and workforce needs. ...More

Strive for College Collaborative

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The Strive for College Collaborative combines a “high tech” and “high touch” approach to mentoring academically qualified, low-income students toward admission to two- and four-year colleges. ...More

Cognitive Tutor for Algebra I

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An intelligent, computer-based tutoring system to increase mastery of Algebra I knowledge. ...More

Knowledge is Power Program Academies (KIPP)

Program that Works
KIPP is a non-profit network of at least 109 public schools, serving K-12. ...More

New research briefs offer concise picture of the STEM challenge

December 7th, 2011
By Jeanne Contardo, Director of Programs & Policy Analysis, BHEF
Blog Post
The need is urgent for clear and transparent information about the workforce challenges threatening this nation’s economy. To address this misinformation, the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) has launched the new BHEF STEM Research and Policy Brief Series, which focuses on important dimensions of the education and workforce misalignment challenge facing the United States, with particular attention given to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. ...More

STEM Means Jobs

November 28th, 2011
By Jamai Blivin, Chief Executive Officer, Innovate+Educate
Blog Post
Innovate+Educate believes that corporations across the U.S. must be involved in STEM education and must play a key role in advancing STEM education and workforce. ...More

Protecting America’s Future through the Federal Pell Grant Program

September 21st, 2011
By Brian K. Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, BHEF
Blog Post
Increasing American competitiveness will require saving the Pell Grant program. A series of recession-driven forces have converged on lower-and middle-class American families, reducing families’ ability to pay for college at just the time we need more Americans earning college degrees. ...More

Research Universities: Working to Improve Undergraduate STEM Education

September 20th, 2011
By Hunter R. Rawlings III, President, Association of American Universities (AAU)
Blog Post
Two out of five entering college freshmen who plan to major in STEM fields switch to non-STEM majors by the time they graduate; in addition, completion rates for STEM majors are lower than for non-STEM majors. Given this gap in the STEM pipeline, and the serious impact it has on our nation, the Association of American Universities last week launched a five-year initiative to improve the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning in STEM fields at our member institutions. ...More

The Professional Science Master’s Degree: Helping America Produce a Highly Skilled Workforce

BHEF Publications
Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degrees provide students with intensive two-year, interdisciplinary graduate level programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, combined with training in management and workplace skills such as communication, teamwork, and finance and marketing. ...More