Education & Training

The use of IT in education. This is not for STEM issues.

ITIF Debate: Is There a STEM Worker Shortage?

March 12, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
National Academies' Keck Building
500 Fifth St., N.W.

The issue of high skill immigration is receiving increased attention as Congress considers comprehensive immigration legislation. Underlying this issue is an ongoing debate surrounding the U.S. labor market for high-skill workers, including those in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Read more »

ITIF Debate: Is There is a STEM Worker Shortage?

State funding per student for higher education has fallen by over 30 percent over the past decade.

As a share of GDP, state government support for university R&D is at the same level as it was in 1991, and only 9 percent higher than it was in 1970. As a result, the federal government must pick up the slack. Unfortunately, this action is not currently happening. In 2013, for example, the budget "sequester" slashed federal R&D investment, much of which flows to universities. 

What The U.S. Can Learn From Denmark's Industrial PhD Program

November 20, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Denmark’s industrial-focused doctorate can serve as a model for private sector-relevant education and research. The program is designed to increase knowledge sharing between universities and private sector companies, promote research with commercial perspectives, and increase the number of professional with Ph.Ds. in the Danish economy. 

Engineering 2.0: Rekindling American Ingenuity

September 11, 2013
Engineering is the “sine qua non” of technological innovation. Unfortunately, the U.S. is falling behind in the race for global innovation advantage in part because we are unable to efficiently translate research into competitively produced products.
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The STEM Crisis is Real

September 11, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Recently, Robert Charette penned a blog post on IEEE Spectrum titled “The STEM Crisis is a Myth.” However, Mr. Charette’s argument is based on flawed analysis and faulty assumptions. America does face a STEM shortage in key industries and if we do not enact reforms to address this we will continue to fall behind our global competitors.

What Emerging Knowledge Economy?

August 29, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

It's not uncommon for many college education and STEM advocates to claim that the fastest growing occupations over the next decade will require a college education and/or STEM skills. In this view, the economy is shedding low skill jobs (either from automation or trade) and America is specializing in high-wage, knowledge-based jobs that require a college degree.

Tech, Labor Brandish Dueling Studies in Immigration Fight

ITIF argues that high skill immigration reform is necessary in part because the U.S. faces a shortage of STEM workers.

Regaining Our Lead in STEM Education

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ITIF notes that from 1997 to 2009 enrollment in the Advanced Placement test for music theory grew 362 percent while enrollment in the computer science AP test grew by only 12 percent.

Companies Finance University Efforts to Improve Science Education

Chronicle of Higher Education
To improve the U.S. science and innovation enterprise, ITIF calls for replacing NSF with a new entity that would focus on engineering along with basic science.
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