Promising Practices for Strengthening the Regional STEM Workforce Development Ecosystem, February 2015
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.
Committee 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.
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. Chicago Tribune: How Purdue is Reinventing the American University, August 2014
During a time of 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 launched a new study funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust
to explore the effectiveness of higher education institutions in educating STEM-trained workers in response to regional workforce needs. The study will consist of six regional meetings that will explore issues around each region’s STEM economy and how local universities and employers develop sustainable and effective partnerships for workforce development.