This report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology provides recommendations for increasing the number of college graduates with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Premised on the economic projections that we will need 1 million more STEM professionals than we are currently on track to produce, the report focuses on the most cost effective solution to this problem: retaining STEM majors through their first two years of college. Report recommendations focus on improving the first two years of STEM higher education and include: promoting adoption of research-based teaching practices, developing discovery-based laboratory courses, piloting new approaches to postsecondary mathematics to close the math preparation gap, fostering stakeholder engagement to offer multiple pathways to STEM careers, and creating a Presidential Council on STEM Education that includes leaders from the academic and business communities.
Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Executive Office of the President