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Analysis: By 2022, America Will Need 1 Million More College Grads With STEM Training Than We Are on Track to Produce

The 74 Million – Blair Blackwell and Talia Milgrom-Elcott

“As our economy evolves, we must evolve with it, developing a workforce prepared to meet the demands of a new economy. Now is our chance to build a workforce ready to succeed over a lifetime, not just over the next three to five years. At the heart of the opportunities and risks we face in a new global economy is the increasing value of skills rooted in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Indeed, 10 of the top 14 fastest-growing industries require STEM training. To keep up with the projected growth in demand for STEM jobs, America will need an additional 1 million more college graduates with STEM training by 2022 than we’re on track to produce.”(more)

OPINION: Research confirms an urgent need to improve how students are supported when choosing college majors

The Hechinger Report – William Hansen and Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

“Earlier this year, a first-generation college student told a disturbing story in The Hechinger Report. She was her sixth year at a four-year college, having changed her major twice and taken time off because she lacked a clear roadmap of what she wanted and how to get there. This, sadly, is not an unfamiliar tale. Choosing a college major is one of the most important decisions students make. It influences everything from employment and earning potential to overall health and happiness. It fuels the lifeblood of our economy – a diverse talent pipeline with the skills and knowledge employers need from a 21st century workforce.”(more)

Despite progress, California’s Latino students still face multiple educational challenges

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Over the past decade, the number of Latino students in California completing an associate or bachelor’s degree has doubled, and the dropout rate among these students has fallen from 27% in 1994 to 13% in 2015. But Latino 3- and 4-year-olds in the state are still far less likely to attend preschool than young white, black and Asian children, and in school, they are more likely to have a less effective teacher, to attend a school without an arts programs to have less access to courses required for admission to the state’s two university systems.”(more)

It’s time to address cybersecurity education, say policymakers

Education Dive – Shalina Chatlani

“Though technology has grown in ubiquity throughout college classrooms, the workforce is still seeing a shortage of graduates who actually have the technical expertise necessary to maintain and secure these networked tools. The gap — with the potential economic and security ramifications — has got policymakers, as well as players in the cybersecurity industry, looking toward higher education officials and asking, “How do we fix this?” .”(more)

The Asian century is gaining momentum: universities must prepare

The Guardian – Matt Durnin

“Amidst the handwringing over the effect of Brexit on the UK’s universities, we need to contemplate our place in a future global economy driven by technology and innovation. From where will the most important discoveries of the coming decades emerge? Which countries and cities will give birth to the technologies, cures and ideas that will shape our future? China spends five times that of the UK on R&D each year. For universities hoping to build or maintain their position as global leaders in innovation and enterprise, China is hard to overlook as an option.”(more)