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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

22
JAN
Regional Meeting: Phoenix, Arizona 
The first of six regional meetings for the study on Improving Higher Education's Responsiveness to Regional STEM Workforce Needs will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from January 22 - 23, 2015. 

12
FEB
Regional Meeting: Cleveland, Ohio 
The second of six regional meetings for the study on Improving Higher Education's Responsiveness to Regional STEM Workforce Needs will tentatively be held in Cleveland, Ohio from February 12 - 13, 2015. 

23
APR
Board Meeting
The Board on Higher Education and Workforce will convene in Washington, DC for a full-day meeting on April 23, 2015.
 
Our Publications

Gulf Final report CoverOpportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Middle Skilled Workforce Needs: Summary of a Workshop (2014)
Research Universities Report CoverResearch Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security (2012)
Assuring a Future U.S.-Based Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise (2012)Assuring a Future U.S.-Based Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise (2012)
Community Colleges in the Evolving STEM Education Landscape: Summary of a SummitCommunity Colleges in the Evolving STEM Education Landscape:  Summary of a Summit (2012)
Report of a Workshop on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)Report of a Workshop on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Needs for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Defense Industrial Base (2012)
Our Ongoing Projects


News

Gulf Final report CoverOpportunities 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 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 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


Helmsley PicNew 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.

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 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 




Cropped coverResearch 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.


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