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The Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) provides government, academic and industry leaders with analyses and recommendations designed to inform action and strong public policy on issues in higher education and the workforce. Learn more about BHEW...
"Our science and engineering enterprise is only as 
strong as the people who work in it….”
       
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BHEW is conducting analyses and crafting state and federal policy recommendations aimed at increasing the quality of higher education across the U.S., with a particular focus on helping prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologically-savvy workers who can contribute to our 21st century economy and also enhance our societal well-being.College is becoming less affordable and less accessible for larger segments of our population—a trend that must be reversed if we are to meet the nation’s social, economic and cultural challenges. BHEW is examining strategies for:
  • increasing state and federal investments in higher education
  • raising productivity and efficiency on our campuses
  • closing the equity gap, and increasing the quality of STEM education and training in 2-year, 4-year and research institutions.
The careers of the 21st century require highly skilled workers with strong technical knowledge and skills as well as the ability to solve problems, think creatively, work collaboratively and function as lifelong learners.

BHEW is outlining strategies for better aligning higher education programs and curricula—at all levels, from 2-year colleges to doctoral programs—with regional and national workforce needs in order to prepare students for career success.
Events Calendar

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Feb
Black History Month at the National Academy of Sciences: Celebrating STEM Achievements in our Nation's HBCUs

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
                    National Academy of Sciences
                    2101 Constitution Avenue NE
                    Washington, D.C.

                     Will be webcast





 

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Developing a National STEM Workforce Strategy: A Workshop Summary, March 2016
On March 7, 2016, under the auspices of a Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) planning committee, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new workshop summary, Developing a National STEM Workforce Strategy: A Workshop Summary.

The workshop summary discusses how the future competitiveness of the United States in an increasingly interconnected global economy depends on the nation fostering a workforce with strong capabilities and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). STEM knowledge and skills enable both individual opportunity and national competitiveness, and the nation needs to develop ways of ensuring access to high-quality education and training experiences for all students at all levels and for all workers at all career stages. Learn more about the workshop.






Regional STEM Workforce Report CoverPromising Practices for Strengthening the Regional STEM Workforce Development Ecosystem, February 2016
On February 12, 2015, under the auspices of a Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) study committee, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report, Promising Practices for Strengthening the Regional STEM Workforce Development Ecosystem.

This report summarizes an 18-month study on improving higher education’s responsiveness to regional STEM workforce needs. It was conducted by a project committee under the auspices of BHEW, and was sponsored by The Helmsley Charitable Trust. The report’s primary audiences are business and university leaders, key intermediary organizations such as chambers of commerce and regional economic development groups, and state and local government policy makers. The information, findings, and recommendations focus on promising practices that can enable higher education and business to collaborate in sustainable ways that benefit students, universities, companies, regional economies, and national competitiveness. Learn more about the study.





Research Regs Cover Part 1Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century: Part 1, October 2015
The Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements: A New Framework for Research Universities released Part 1 of their report, Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century, which reviews the federal regulatory framework for research institutions as it currently exists, considers specific regulations that have placed undue and often unanticipated burdens on the research enterprise, and reassesses the process by which these regulations are created, reviewed, and retired. The report identifies specific actions Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and research institutions should take to reduce regulatory burden. It urges Congress to create a public-private Research Policy Board to support the federal-academic research partnership and cooperative efforts to streamline research policies going forward, calls upon universities to demand the highest standards in institutional and individual behavior, and recommends a number of specific actions that are intended to improve the efficiency and harmonization of federal regulation and to reduce duplication.

Part 2 of the committee's report will be issued in Spring 2016.





Research RegulationsCommittee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements: A New Framework for Research Universities in the 21st Century, April 2015

The second meeting of the Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements: A New Framework for Research Universities in the 21st Century was held on April 16-17, 2015 at the Academies' Keck Center in Washington, DC. The committee is conducting a study of federal regulations and reporting requirements with specific attention to those directed at research universities. In conducting its analyses the committee will be aware of (a) the context and intended benefits and circumstances under which a particular regulation was issued and may have evolved, and (b) whether those contexts or circumstances still remain of public concern. The committee will develop a new framework for federal regulation of research universities in the 21st century that addresses the needs of Congress, federal agencies, and the broader public while advancing to the maximum extent feasible the missions of research universities. 

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Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Middle-Skilled Workforce Needs, Summary of a Workshop, November 2014
The 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 Workshop Summary to learn what key thought leaders from the region’s education and employer communities identified as key needs that might be addressed by the Gulf Research Program.










FreemanFreeman 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 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 





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