New PCAST report talks about SIGCSE

February 16, 2012 at 9:48 am 1 comment

Pretty cool!  The latest PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) report is on “ENGAGE TO EXCEL: PRODUCING ONE MILLION ADDITIONAL COLLEGE GRADUATES WITH DEGREES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS.”  CS Education plays a significant role in this, and SIGCSE gets a few mentions!

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  • 1. richde  |  February 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Reblogged this on Innovate.EDU and commented:
    From the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology:
    PCAST found that economic forecasts point to a need for producing, over the next decade, approximately
    1 million more college graduates in STEM fields than expected under current assumptions. Fewer than
    40% of students who enter college intending to major in a STEM field complete a STEM degree. Merely
    increasing the retention of STEM majors from 40% to 50% would generate three-quarters of the targeted
    1 million additional STEM degrees over the next decade.
    PCAST identified five overarching recommendations that it believes can achieve this goal: (1) catalyze
    widespread adoption of empirically validated teaching practices; (2) advocate and provide support
    for replacing standard laboratory courses with discovery-based research courses; (3) launch a national
    experiment in postsecondary mathematics education to address the mathematics-preparation gap;
    (4) encourage partnerships among stakeholders to diversify pathways to STEM careers; and (5) create a
    Presidential Council on STEM Education with leadership from the academic and business communities to
    provide strategic leadership for transformative and sustainable change in STEM undergraduate education.


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