Appendix A
Charge to the Study Committee

An ad hoc committee, under the aegis of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP), will explore the role of diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce and its value in keeping America innovative and competitive. The study will analyze the rate of change and the challenges the nation currently faces in developing a strong and diverse workforce. It will identify best practices and the characteristics of these practices that make them effective and sustainable.

The committee will respond to the following questions:

  1. What are the key social and institutional factors that shape decisions of minority students to commit to education and careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields? What programs have successfully influenced these factors to yield improved results?

  2. What are the specific barriers preventing greater minority student participation in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields? What programs have successfully minimized these barriers?

  3. What are the primary focus points for policy intervention to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in America’s workforce in the future? Which programs have successfully implemented policies to improve recruitment and retention? Are they “pull” or “push” strategies?” Overall, how effective have they been? By what criteria should they be judged?

  4. What programs are under way to increase diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields? Which programs have been shown



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Appendix A Charge to the Study Committee An ad hoc committee, under the aegis of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP), will explore the role of diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce and its value in keeping America innovative and competitive. The study will analyze the rate of change and the challenges the nation currently faces in develop- ing a strong and diverse workforce. It will identify best practices and the characteristics of these practices that make them effective and sustainable. The committee will respond to the following questions: (1) What are the key social and institutional factors that shape deci- sions of minority students to commit to education and careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields? What programs have successfully influenced these factors to yield improved results? (2) What are the specific barriers preventing greater minority student participation in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields? What programs have successfully minimized these barriers? (3) What are the primary focus points for policy intervention to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in America’s workforce in the future? Which programs have successfully implemented policies to improve recruitment and retention? Are they “pull” or “push” strategies?” Overall, how effective have they been? By what criteria should they be judged? (4) What programs are under way to increase diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields? Which programs have been shown 205

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206 APPENDIX A to be effective? Do they differ by gender within minority group? What fac- tors make them more effective? How can they be expanded and improved in a sustainable way? (5) What is the role of minority-serving institutions in the diversifica- tion of America’s workforce in these fields? How can that role be supported and strengthened? (6) How can the public and private sectors better assist minority stu- dents in their efforts to join America’s workforce in these fields? (7) What should be the implementation strategy? The committee should develop a prioritized list of policy and funding action items (e.g., tax credits) with milestones and cost estimates that will lead to a science and engineering workforce that mirrors the nation’s diverse population.