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Increase the retention rate of undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and math majors by expanding programs such as NSF’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP Tech Talent), and by offering programs such as the Professional Science Masters that encourage college graduates to pursue fields outside of academia that combine science and/or math with industry needs. Encourage private sector involvement in consortia of industries and universities that establish clear metrics to increase the number of graduates. (Higher Education, Business, Federal, State)
Continue to establish and build on professional science masters programs that meet specific science and technical managerial workforce needs identified by the federal government, business, and industry.
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