Education & Training

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

The number of students who enroll in at least one course online has jumped from 3.4 million in 2007 to 6.1 million in 2010.

The number of students enrolling in at least one class online has steadily increased by thousands of students each year since 2002. This is important because the U.S. government spends an average of $800 billion on education, and online courses could be an important coast cutting measure. As technology continues to improve and become more affordable, it is predictable that education institutions in the U.S. will continue to utilize online courses to the benefit of students at all levels.

ITIF Endorses Bipartisan Immigration Reform Package

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2013) - Following the announcement of the most substantive immigration reform plan in almost thirty years, Rob Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, releases the following statement:

"We commend the bipartisan group of Senators, known as the "Gang of Eight," for taking on this critical task and creating a comprehensive package that will address the central immigration challenges America faces, while also enhancing economic competitiveness. Read more »

Phone Phreaks, STEM Freaks, and STEM Education

April 1, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

For these phreaks phone hacking was not something they were doing to be anti-social (at least most of the time), or something easy they were dabbling in in their spare time, it was a technically complex task they were passionate about; in fact in most cases, obsessive about it. Yet, they all had pursued this passion in spite of their formal education. For the education system provided them no space to follow this passion, despite the fact that many of these individuals became self-taught highly skilled network engineers. It’s no different today, large numbers of young people are passionate — ”phreaks” if you will — about some aspect related to STEM, but like the original phone phreaks they must pursue these passions outside of formal schooling, where virtually all high schools and many colleges impose a daunting array of requirements and core curriculum based on the notion that they know best what students should learn, even if the students simply don’t care to learn it. 

The Obama Administration should create 400 new STEM-focused high schools.

To expand STEM graduates, high school is a key place to start and the best way to improve STEM high school education is to foster the creation of more STEM-focused high schools. The Obama administration should urge Congress to allocate $200 million a year for ten years to the Department of Education, to be supplemented by states and school districts and industry, with the goal of quintupling the number of STEM high schools to 500.

A Short and Long-Term Solution to America's STEM Crisis

March 11, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Today, jobs in STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, go unfilled for lack of qualified workers, even in the current economy. A key reason is American students are choosing fields other than STEM. America must focus on regaining the lead in the race for global innovation advantage, which will spur the U.S. economy and create millions of good jobs. One key ingredient in that quest is to expand STEM talent. The I-Squared Act is an important step in the right direction.

Immigration Reform 101: Is a Sensible Guest-Worker Program Possible?

The Christian Science Monitor
ITIF suggest the government could hold a certain number of visas constant every year in each profession and allow companies to bid for visas beyond the regular allotment.

16 percent of fast growing "gazelle" firms had at least one foreign-born founder.

To compete in the New Economy, states need a supply of talented labor with the right skills and education to meet the demands of globally competitive businesses. In many cases, these workers do more than merely fill occupational gaps; by bringing new ideas and perspectives from other countries and cultures, they can enhance states' levels of innovation. For example, foreign-born and foreign-educated scientists and engineers in the United States are over-represented among authors of the most-cited scientific papers and among inventors holding highly cited patents. Read more »

Yes Virginia, We Do Have a Need for More STEM Workers

February 10, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

At the end of the day, Eisenbrey’s arguments against high skill immigration are grounded more in attempts redistribute a shrinking economic pie away from companies and toward workers, rather than growing it so all Americans can benefit. America can’t afford to fighting over the slices of the pie, we need to be coming together to grow the pie, and efforts like I-squared are key ingredients in that recipe.

Immigration Policy: Is the U.S. the International Champ, or Chump?

December 13, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

The United States faces a critical problem: an increasingly unskilled workforce. But what are we doing about it? This article considers one viable policy trigger than has the potential to make real gains that benefit us all: Immigration Policy.

The Future of STEM - A Policy Discussion

December 7, 2012
| Presentations

Robert D. Atkinson, President, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, will moderate a panel discussion will address challenges and possibilities for the future of STEM education, and share strategies to stimulate and sustain interest, creativity and skills in the STEM disciplines on December 7, 2012 at the Embassy of Sweden. Register now

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