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STEM FACTS

  • China has now replaced the United States as the world’s number one technology exporter. National Academies report: Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited, 2010
  • The United States ranks 27th among developed nations in the proportion of college students receiving undergraduate degrees in science or engineering. National Academies report: Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited, 2010
  • The United States ranks 20th in high school completion rate among industrialized nations and 16th in college completion rate. National Academies report: Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited, 2010
  • Two-thirds of those receiving PhD’s in engineering from U.S. universities are foreign-born. These individuals increasingly indicate their intention eventually to return to their home countries. National Academies report: Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited, 2010
  • Almost 33% of U.S. manufacturing companies responding to a recent survey say they are suffering from some level of skills shortages. American Youth Policy Forum 2012
  • STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations. U.S. Department of Commerce report 2011
  • STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17.0 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. U.S. Department of Commerce report 2011
  • In an international exam given to 15 year olds in 2009, U.S. high school students ranked significantly behind 12 industrialized nations in science and 17 in math. Students in only 4 industrialized nations scored lower in math. Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance report, 2012
  • Only 45% of U.S. high school graduates in 2011 were ready for college work in math and 30% were ready in system.  ACT report, The Condition of College and Career Readiness, 2011

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