Tuesday, October 27, 2009

STEM Study

I had the privilege to be on a conference call today previewing new research out of Rutgers. The two primary researchers are professors Hal Salzman and Lindsay Lowell. The study is a 30 year longitudinal look at science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduates. The research looks at what happens to the graduates. Do they enter STEM career fields?

The conventional "wisdom" has been that the United States does not graduate enough qualified STEM people and this forces corporations to go offshore for employees. Many powerful interests then take this assumption another step forward and blame educators for not preparing children to enter college with STEM majors and careers in mind. US educators are not producing globally competitive students under this scenario.

The report is under embargoed until tomorrow. I will write a follow up blog giving details of the findings on Wednesday. Suffice it to say that once again educators have been blamed for a situation not of their making. Furthermore, we have education policy being made on anecdotal evidence that does not stand up to deep dive analysis.

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