Education & Training

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

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

Reuters
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

Roll Call
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.

The Real Story on Guestworkers in the High-skill U.S. Labor Market

May 16, 2013
| Reports

Recently, the Economic Policy Institute issued a report claiming that there is no shortage of U.S. STEM workers and that increases in high-skill immigration are not needed and detrimental to the U.S. economy. In this report, ITIF presents a detailed rebuttal of the EPI analysis to provide a more accurate picture of the high skill labor market. We find that the EPI report's conclusions are simply not supported by the evidence. In fact, the U.S. does not produce enough STEM workers domestically, STEM wages and jobs have grown significantly over the last decade, and high-skill guestworkers are a complement, not a substitute, to American high-skill labor.

The U.S. STEM Workforce: The Real Story

Congress should offer planning grants for regions that want to create alternative types of STEM high schools or universities.

In recent years, a number of new high schools and universities with unique approaches to STEM education have opened. These institutions champion an experiential learning model and all teaching is STEM- or technology-oriented and done on an interdisciplinary basis, with students required to complete internships with companies, helping them to solve real engineering and technical problems. Public policy should support states and regions as they try to develop alternative types of STEM-oriented high schools and universities because it’s very difficult to conceptualize new approaches; coordinate a wide range of regional and state actors across industry, academia (including faculty and students), community, and government; construct new facilities; etc. Therefore, Congress should allocate $10 million for the National Science Foundation, through the existing Transforming Institution Grants program, to offer planning grants for regions looking to create new kinds of STEM high schools or universities.