Education & Training

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

Laid-Back Higher Ed

May 22, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

While many focus on making elementary school children more competitive or focus alone on an increase in STEM education, there is increasing evidence that higher education institution need to be held to higher standard in producing students who have the ability to write, do math, and do logic.

Taking Stock Podcast - Bloomberg Radio

April 23, 2012
Rob Atkinson appears on "Taking Stock" to discuss innovation and competitiveness.

Rob Atkinson and Vinny Catalano appear on "Taking Stock" to discuss innovation and competitiveness. After ITIF's Innovation Consensus Conference, they reflect on the evident need for policies that advance R&D efforts, reform STEM education, and provide considerable investments for start-ups.

Congress should appropriate approximately $65 million a year to NSF for five years to be awarded as prizes to colleges and universities in order to increase focus on select STEM students.

Congress should appropriate approximately $65 million a year to NSF for five years to be awarded as prizes to colleges and universities that have dramatically increased the rate at which their freshmen STEM students graduate with STEM degrees and that demonstrably sustained the increase over five years.

Why the Current STEM Education Reform Strategy Won’t Work

April 11, 2012
| Reports

In an article for the National Academy's Issues in Science and Technology, Rob Atkinson argued that much of what passes for accepted wisdom for STEM reform (science, technology, engineering and math education) is misguided and that we need a new approach. Advocates of what can be called the "Some STEM for All" framework want an approach focused largely on expanding and improving K-12 STEM education for all American students. Many of the dominant policy solutions being proposed, such as increased teacher pay and campaigns to get students interested in science, reflect this framing. In contrast, Atkinson argues for a new approach grounded in a "Some STEM for All" approach focused in part on providing high quality STEM education for students especially interested in and focused on STEM.

Transforming Higher Education with IT

March 28, 2012 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A
Washington
DC
20005

President Obama recently announced a new initiative to address the question of higher education affordability. For decades, the cost of college has been growing faster than inflation, putting college out of reach for an increasing number of American families. Read more »

Transforming Higher Education with IT

March 28, 2012
Exploring what can be done at multiple levels to improve productivity in higher education.

President Obama recently announced a new initiative to address the question of higher education affordability. For decades, the cost of college has been growing faster than inflation, putting college out of reach for an increasing number of American families. However, if we are going to keep college cost increases down, information technology will have to play a key role, just as it has in a host of other industries. Read more »

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Even in the current recession, states like New Mexico are reporting too few of their residents are trained to fill their largest job category, namely middle-skill jobs (49 percent of jobs in this category vs. 45 percent workers).

If we want to emerge more vigorously from the recent recession and loosing the race for global innovation and competitiveness, we need to commit to investing in the "four Ts" of innovation: trade, taxes, technology and talent. Investing in talent means more than simply spending more money. It requires rethinking how students learn and how to best nurture their talents and interests. As important as math and science are, not everyone is cut out to work in laboratory or do research. Read more »

So few high school students were taking the AP Computer Science AB exam that it was discontinued in 2009.

For the past thirty years, computing has been at the heart of the global innovation revolution, creating entire new industries, transforming existing industries into productive powerhouses, and changing the face of culture across the globe. Computing is driving innovation in existing fields of science and creating entirely new ones. Underlying this revolution is the discipline of computer science. Paradoxically, as the role and significance of computing has increased in society and the economy, quality computer science education in the U.S. K-12 education system is on the decline. Read more »

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