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Preparing Students for the 'Knowledge Economy '

Article originially published in IDEAS LAB To combat the vast STEM achievement gap we must prepare and inspire all students for the knowledge economy because their careers will require STEM skills.  There are countless terms thrown around in discussions of the educational needs of the United States. Preparing students for the “knowledge economy” is a critical part of that discussion – but what exactly is the knowledge economy? In their paper entitled “The Knowledge Economy,” Stanford professors Walter W. Powell and Kaisa Snellman define it “as production and services based on knowledge-intensive ...

Changing the Conversation on STEM Education

Original post by Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar can be found here. Katie Speights, UT Austin chemical  engineering student, with Dr. Bonnie  Dunbar. Katie was the winner of the  International NAE Film Competition. In 2005, the National Academies published Rising Above the Gathering Storm (RAGS), which provided clarity to what many of us had suspected with respect to science and math education in this nation.  Complementary NSF data documented the declining interest in high school graduates to follow STEM careers. The 2010 National Academies report Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5 lamented ...

Engineering = Earnings

And the winner is.........ENGINEERING! The National Association of Colleges and Employers released their salary survey for the class of 2012 and the results are not surprising - Engineering tops the list of salaries but Teaching showed the greatest increase over 2012 (the two categories where NMSI focuses) Engineering - $61,913 up 3.9%  Computer Science - $59,221 up 3.8%  Business - $53,000 up 4.2%  Health Sciences - $49,196 up 3.9% Communications - $43,717 up 4.1% ...

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