Wednesday, May 2, 2012

BHEF STEM Higher Education and Workforce Project

STEM Higher Education and Workforce Project
The nation needs new forms of collaboration among business and industry, higher education, and government to transform STEM higher education and to boost the number of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers graduating from our colleges and universities. BHEF has launched the BHEF STEM Higher Education and Workforce Project to address these challenges and align higher education with national and regional workforce needs.
The project’s goals include:
·         Increasing the number of undergraduates, particularly women and underrepresented minorities, who persist and graduate in high-need STEM disciplines.
·         Deepening the relevance and content of undergraduate STEM education, particularly in the freshman and sophomore years, to augment the workforce preparation and skills of STEM students.
·         Increasing the alignment of undergraduate STEM education and degree production with workforce needs, particularly at the regional level, with a focus on high-demand STEM fields.
·         Demonstrating effective approaches to collaboration between business and higher education, incorporating data analysis and modeling to simulate the impact at scale of piloted STEM interventions.
BHEF STEM Higher Education and Workforce Project Strategy
BHEF’s STEM Higher Education and Workforce Project utilizes four mutually reinforcing strategies to achieve the project’s goals. BHEF is:
1.     Supporting BHEF members’ corporations and universities in regional demonstration projects to identify and implement innovative approaches to meeting joint education and workforce needs. BHEF’s regional STEM work begun in Maryland, where University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor and BHEF Chair William “Brit” Kirwan is leading a project designed to close a substantial gap between job openings in STEM fields and the number of STEM graduates. BHEF members will lead projects in other sites, including: St. Louis, MO; Columbus and Cleveland OH; Madison and Milwaukee WI; and sites in Nebraska and California. Click here for an overview of BHEF's STEM Regional Projects.
2.     Conducting data analysis and identifying new metrics to build the research base underpinning and monitoring this effort. BHEF’s STEM Research and Policy Brief Series uses unique longitudinal data sets that capture student career interest and student proficiency in four core areas.
3.     Modeling effective strategies and practice in STEM education, using BHEF’s U.S. STEM Education Model as well as new models under development.  The results of the modeling, as well as regional projects, will be disseminated through BHEF’s evidence-based resource center,®.
4.     Driving a national strategy to link government, university, and industry associations, including the Association of American Universities, the Aerospace Industries Association, and others to develop and advance a national STEM workforce development strategy and influence national policy.  

ACT - Tomorrow's Workforce Now 

Tomorrow’s Workforce Now is an initiative designed by ACT and key community college presidents to help improve America's workforce by providing evidence-based selection tools that will benefit thousands of employers and tens of thousands of individuals. Community/regional conveners, or “champions,” such as community college partners, will organize groups of employers who will have the opportunity to use the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Plus - at no cost - to assess up to 20 individuals each.
This initiative requires strong leadership and organization at the local level. A growing number of community colleges across the nation have committed to such leadership roles in implementing the program. Community colleges, acting as local champions, will work with other partners including businesses, workforce agencies, and economic development agencies to help build communities equipped to create and compete for high-quality jobs and careers.
The program is supported by the American Association of Community Colleges, California Community Colleges, and many individual community colleges across the nation.

Right Skills Now -  
Injust-released study by The Manufacturing Institute, over 80% of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs.  As a result, there are over half-a-million manufacturing jobs open right now.  Responding to this talent crisis, and the need to create jobs in this country, The Manufacturing Institute worked with the President’s Jobs Council to tailor the national manufacturing certification system into a nationally replicable fast-track solution to deliver JUST IN TIME TALENT to small manufacturers.  This accelerated program allows individuals to earn college credit and national industry certifications in 16 weeks, preparing them for immediate employment in high-quality manufacturing jobs and giving them a solid foundation to advance in higher education and careers.

Business Community Seeks to Strengthen America's Postsecondary Education

Business Community Seeks to Strengthen America's Postsecondary Education

PR Newswire
New Report Underscores Need, Launches National Outreach Effort
NEW YORK, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For decades, a college degree was seen as the key to economic success for each American and for our nation. American postsecondary education institutions are no longer producing enough graduates with the skills necessary to meet the demands of today's workplace. American businesses cannot find enough skilled workers for the millions of jobs they are looking to fill.  The fact that there are not enough people earning degrees with the skills employers need will also affect our country's overall global competitiveness. 
Today, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) is beginning a national campaign to get business leaders involved in postsecondary education reform.  To launch the effort, CED is releasing Boosting Postsecondary Education Performance, a report with data that underscore this urgency.  The CED report concentrates on those "broad-access" institutions that will bear much of the burden when it comes to providing postsecondary education to most Americans.  CED's goal is to help build stronger connections between postsecondary education and the American business community in order to drive the needed structural reforms throughout this vital sector of American education. 
"CED believes that an informed and mobilized business community can make an enormous difference in identifying, framing, and supporting critical reform strategies, and will outline the steps business leaders can take to make a difference," said CED Trustee Jeffrey Joerres, Chairman and CEO, ManpowerGroup.  Mr. Joerres is a Co-Chair of CED's Postsecondary Education Subcommittee. 
The report identifies six key steps business leaders should support in each state to promote greater productivity, innovation, efficiency, and accountability in higher education.
  1. Explicit goals for the awarding of postsecondary degrees and certificates for the state as a whole, for each sector of the postsecondary system, and for each publicly supported institution of postsecondary education, based on state economic and demographic conditions.
  2. Strategic financial resource allocation plans that are aligned with state goals and specifically designed to motivate increases in productivity and effectiveness.
  3. Annual indicators and metrics that measure progress toward state goals. 
  4. "Policy audits" to review the state regulatory environment and identify statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures that impede efficiency, productivity, and innovation.
  5. An annual statewide education "summit" or other exchange among stakeholders to maintain accountability and focus on state goals, to assess progress, and to discuss how to continue and accelerate postsecondary improvements.
  6. Support state strategic objectives through their own corporate policies by directing tuition assistance programs to the most productive and effective colleges and universities, whether they operate through traditional educational programs or offer innovative approaches such as on-line instruction and competency-based credentials, and assisting the 37 million workers who have some postsecondary experience but no degree or credential so that they can complete their programs of study.
Some postsecondary institutions have partnered with businesses to develop and expand innovative approaches that serve students' and employers' needs. Examples include: 
At Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, local businesses recognized that half of those who enrolled in college were dropping out. To help students succeed, the school and local businesses worked together to create more than 600 online classes as well as flexible locations. One of Rio Salado College's corporate partners, the United Services Automobile Association, increased its workforce nearly ten-fold in recent years, due in large part to the kind of skills training and college credits completed at Rio Salado by more than 3,000 of its employees.
Huntington Ingalls, a spin-off of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, relies on a highly skilled workforce equipped to handle the complex challenges of shipbuilding. This business invests more than $100,000 per student to provide training and degrees through its apprentice school in Newport News, Virginia. Apprentice students receive a salary and benefits as they work through four- and five-year programs that build skills needed for success in the industry and provide associate degrees in business administration, engineering technology, or engineering.  
"There is a disconnect between the higher education community and the business community," said CED Trustee Bruce MacLaury, President Emeritus, The Brookings Institution, "but business leaders need to get involved.  They have the most to gain – but the most to lose if we don't improve our higher education system."  Mr. MacLaury is a Co-Chair of CED's Postsecondary Education Subcommittee. 
This report release will mark the launch of CED's national initiative to promote postsecondary education reform.  It will provide an important forum for business leaders and experts to highlight reforms that will enhance performance, innovation, and efficiency. It is a part of CED's overall outreach strategy to engage national, regional, and local business leaders on the important issue of postsecondary education reform.  The effort will continue with meetings in several states throughout 2012.  This CED statement is based on research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The findings and conclusions are those of CED, and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
For a link to Boosting Postsecondary Education Performance, go to:
For more on CED's business-led effort to reform the postsecondary education sector, go to
CED is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of more than 200 business leaders and university presidents. Since 1942, its research and policy programs have addressed many of the nation's most pressing economic and social issues, including education reform, workforce competitiveness, campaign finance, health care, and global trade and finance. CED promotes policies to produce increased productivity and living standards, greater and more equal opportunity for every citizen, and an improved quality of life for all.
CONTACT: Morgan Broman(202) 469-7814

US Innovation Web site - state reports 

About, is a project of ASTRA, The Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America. was created to advocate science, technology, research and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the United States. Through aggregation, provides a one-stop portal where visitors can keep up on the latest news and resources for everything relating to science and technology.
ASTRA is a unique collaboration of individuals and organizations drawn from industry, professional and trade associations, universities, and research centers united in common cause to increase federal funding for the physical, mathematical & computational sciences and engineering.
ASTRA was founded in 2000 by a group headed by Dr. Mary Good, former Undersecretary for Technology Policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce and currently Dean of the Donaghey School of Information Science and Engineering at the University of Arkansas. From a core group of about 18 key corporate, university and nonprofit leaders, ASTRA has expanded its membership to nearly 130 organizations and a U.S. and global network of about 45,000 individual scientists, engineers, researchers, economic development experts and policy makers in general. ASTRA's Board of Directors represent America's top science & technology companies, leading academic research institutions, scientific & engineering professional and trade associations, research laboratories, and many smaller businesses and entrepreneurial companies.
ASTRA is a nonprofit, publicly-supported IRC 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to ASTRA may be tax-deductible to individuals and for-profit entities. Our companion Web Site can be found at 

Another resource -

SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) 

STEM Connector - Resources/Programs/Reports

Workforce Planning to Fill the STEM Jobs Pipeline
May 2, 2012 – 2PM EST

STEMconnector™ responds to the demand from the community working in STEM Education and workforce development for increased connectivity between entities improving our STEM-skilled workforce. Our mission is to provide information and resources that increase communication, encourage collaboration and promote sustainable and replicable approaches to STEM education interventions. By pursuing this mission we aim to realize efficiency gains through eliminating duplication and quality improvement by sharing best practices. Accomplishing these ambitious goals requires that we leverage our collective experience and that of our partners to develop innovative communications and products that reach diverse audiences in impactful and meaningful ways.

Tools and Resources — The site that you are currently visiting is itself one of our main tools in promoting connectivity. Officially launched in November 2011, the STEMconnector™ Directory contains over 3500 profiles of stakeholders in STEM Education and mapping the STEM Education activity of all 50 States and the District of Columbia. Through careful research, we identified these entities and mapped their roles in an intensive 6-month process. We then embedded the fruits of our research into a searchable online database. Since the launch, response has been impressive as hundreds of new organizations have been added to the database and we continue to improve and update existing content in collaboration with the listed entities. The STEMconnector™ Database has given us a tool to establish partnerships with a broad cross section of organizations working in STEM Education to increase our reach and connectivity in regions through working relationships.

STEMdailySTEMdaily™ — The newest addition to the STEMconnector™ Toolbox, STEMdaily™ is a daily news feed that we send free of charge to subscribers. Content comes from a variety of sources: major news outlets, business wires, blogs and affiliate submissions. We are marketing this product to the entire STEM Education community. STEMdaily™'s aim is to connect the STEM Education by providing reliable and relevant news to a broad audience of stakeholders involved in STEM Education. The newsletter provides summaries of 10-15 stories across 10 different categories with links to the original content in an easy-to-read format. To subscribe click here.

STEMCouncilSTEM Council — On May 8th, 2012 STEMconnector™ will convene the first STEM Council meeting comprised of representatives from member companies and organizations within the STEMconnector™ network. The aim of the STEM Council Meeting is to lay the foundation for companies to establish internal structures to develop holistic STEM Education Strategies that conform to corporate objectives and strategy. Much like diversity councils serve as organizing structures around the principle of diversity, STEM Councils will bring together different perspectives on workforce needs and community involvement from normally unconnected sectors. Leadership from an executive committee member will be critical in order to ensure that STEM Councils have the resources in order to affect organizational change.

Town HallTownHall— In the fall of 2011, STEMconnector™ held conference calls on critical STEM issues: Women in STEM and STEM and Jobs in the lead-up to our launch on November 30. The objective of these calls was to convene voices from across the stakeholder community to present perspectives from industry, government, education and non-profits working on these issues. We will continue these calls in 2012 focusing on timely and high profile issues relating to STEM Education and Workforce Development. Like the previous calls, the TownHall will convene high-level decision-makers within organizations across the public, private, academic and non-profit sectors with the aim of informing and connecting stakeholders by establishing common goals and patterns of excellence. On May 2nd 2012, we will hold our inaugural STEMconnector™ Town Hall via Webex focusing on "Workforce Planning and Filling the STEM Jobs Pipeline." Click Here for more details.


100 Women Leaders in STEM100 Women Leaders in STEM — STEMconnector™ is committed to increasing the number of women that enter STEM Fields believing that achieving population proportional representation of women in STEM fields hold the promise of increasing the quality of our talent and numbers. We are currently compiling a volume of 100 Women Leaders from across Corporations, Non-Profits and Government. On June 28th at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference, we will release the names of these amazing women in a bound volume as well as on our website complete with biographies and interviews. By celebrating these women, our goal is to provide aspiring young women and young female professionals with tangible examples of successful women in STEM fields. Click Here for more details.

US News STEM Solutions ConferenceUS News STEM Solutions Conference — Along with our partners Innovate+Education and U.S. News, we are co-presenting the first annual U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in Dallas on June 27-29, 2012. Keeping true to the STEMconnector™ Mission, the Conference will be the first of its kind to bring together stakeholders from across the spectrum of STEM Education to discuss how to improve communication across the larger issues of supply, demand, metrics, policy and communications. The conference will generate proceedings that will serve as reference materials and guideposts moving forward. Click Here for more details