“Our science and engineering enterprise is only as strong as the people who work in it….”
Preparing and sustaining an educated workforce is the foundation for our nation’s leadership in science, medicine, and technology and for our global economic competitiveness. At the National Academies, the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) provides government, academic, and industry leadership with analyses, insights, and recommendations designed to inform action on issues in higher education and the science and engineering workforce. BHEW is a unit of the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Research Council...Learn more
Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Middle-Skilled Workforce Needs, Summary of a Workshop, November 2014
The National Academies Board on Higher Education and Workforce was asked to assist the recently established Gulf Research Program in its planning around education and training issues. A summary of the June 2014 workshop—Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Middle-Skilled Workforce Needs—is now available. View the June 2014 workshop summary. This workshop convened 40 thought leaders from the Gulf region’s education, employer, and policymaking communities in Tampa to facilitate a discussion of the current state of education and training pathways for preparing the region’s middle-skilled workforce and to identify perceived needs that might be addressed by the Gulf Research Program. Ideas from the workshop are directly applicable to the needs and conditions of the Gulf region, but it’s likely that there are training and education issues that are transferable to other regions of the country where the workforce is experiencing a transition.
Chicago Tribune: How Purdue is Reinventing the American University, August 2014
During a time of consistently increasing tuition costs at colleges and universities, Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University, has frozen base tuition through the 2015-16 academic year. While many college presidents have endless excuses on the need to increase tuition each year, Daniels has found big and small ways to save. Daniels speaks out, saying "when you impose a budget limit, people suddenly begin to do common sense things they should have done before. When money is easy, when you can dial up the tuition or fees, people tend to postpone even the most basic efficiencies." Read the full article
New Study: Improving Higher Education’s Responsiveness to STEM Workforce Needs: Identifying Analytical Tools and Regional Best Practices
BHEW has begun a new study funded by The Helmsley Foundation to explore the effectiveness of higher education in educating STEM-trained workers in response to regional workforce needs. The committee will conduct a series of regional meetings, analyze data on STEM degree production, convene a workshop, and prepare a report addressing the following questions: What data are available to assess the effectiveness of higher education institutions in educating STEM-trained workers? To what extent can regional profiles be created that link STEM educational resources and postsecondary degree pathways with workforce needs? What practices and policies are educational institutions adopting to respond to local industry STEM workforce needs? And what further actions are needed improved linkages between higher education resources and STEM workforce needs at the regional level?
Freeman Hrabowski on Student Success with STEM in Chronicle of Higher Education Video
Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland – Baltimore County and chair of the committee that wrote the 2011 National Academies report Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads, discusses how to give students the support they need to persist in their studies in STEM fields and in all disciplines. Watch the video
Research Universities and the Future of America: A National Convocation on Breakthrough Actions
On June 14, 2012, the National Research Council released its report, Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to our Nation’s Prosperity and Security. Since the report’s release, study committee members have been working with university and business partners to hold a series of nine regional meetings around the United States. Learn more about the report and regional meetings.
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, the Board on Higher Education and Workforce held a, "Research Universities and the Future of America: A National Convocation." This conference featured presentations and discussion of the major themes and key messages that emerged from the regional meetings and identified top priorities for implementing the report's recommendations in the coming months and years. Learn more about the conference or view videos of selected speakers.