In order for the United States to maintain the global leadership and competitiveness in science and technology that are critical to achieving national goals, we must invest in research, encourage innovation, and grow a strong and talented science and technology workforce. Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation explores the role of diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce and its value in keeping America innovative and competitive. According to the book, the U.S. labor market is projected to grow faster in science and engineering than in any other sector in the coming years, making minority participation in STEM education at all levels a national priority.
Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation analyzes the rate of change and the challenges the nation currently faces in developing a strong and diverse workforce. Although minorities are the fastest growing segment of the population, they are underrepresented in the fields of science and engineering. Historically, there has been a strong connection between increasing educational attainment in the United States and the growth in and global leadership of the economy. Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation suggests that the federal government, industry, and post-secondary institutions work collaboratively with K-12 schools and school systems to increase minority access to and demand for post-secondary STEM education and technical training.
The book also identifies best practices and offers a comprehensive road map for increasing involvement of underrepresented minorities and improving the quality of their education. It offers recommendations that focus on academic and social support, institutional roles, teacher preparation, affordability and program development.
Table of Contents
|1 A Strong Science and Engineering Workforce||17-32|
|2 Dimensions of the Problem||33-50|
|BECOMING SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS||51-52|
|4 Access and Motivation||91-102|
|6 Academic and Social Support||129-140|
|7 The Journey Beyond the Crossroads||143-170|
|8 Recommendations and Implementation Actions||171-188|
|Appendix A: Charge to the Study Committee||205-206|
|Appendix B: U.S. Senate Letter to the National Academy of Sciences||207-210|
|Appendix C: Committee Member Biographies||211-224|
|Appendix D: Agendas for Public Meetings||225-234|
|Appendix E: Recommendations on STEM Education from *Rising Above the Gathering Storm*||235-238|
|Appendix F: Ingredients for Success in STEM||239-248|
|Appendix G: Baccalaureate Origins of Underrepresented Minority PhDs||249-264|
|Appendix H: An Agenda for Future Research||265-270|
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