STEM Update from the White House: Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with STEM Degrees

February 7, 2012

On Tuesday, February 7 at 3 pm ET the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its report entitled “Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.” This report provides a strategy for improving STEM education during the first two years of college that is responsive to both the challenges and the opportunities that this crucial stage in the STEM education pathway presents.
 
Key Recommendations

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) proposes five overarching recommendations to transform undergraduate STEM education during the transition from high school to college and during the first two years of undergraduate STEM education:

  1. Catalyze widespread adoption of empirically validated teaching practices.
  2. Advocate and provide support for replacing standard laboratory courses with discovery-based research courses.
  3. Launch a national experiment in postsecondary mathematics education to address the math preparation gap.
  4. Encourage partnerships among stakeholders to diversify pathways to STEM careers.
  5. Create a Presidential Council on STEM Education with leadership from the academic and business communities to provide strategic leadership for transformative and sustainable change in STEM undergraduate education.

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