Education & Training

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

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.

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.
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