NATIONAL SUMMIT ON DEVELOPING
A STEM WORKFORCE STRATEGY
A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Workshop
Funded by the National Science Foundation
September 21-22, 2015
500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC
Board on Higher Education and Workforce
Themes for the Summit
- The exploration of new, innovative, and dynamic education and training pathways (and education providers) that lead to college and career success in STEM fields, in addition to the more traditional pathways and education/training providers.
- Understanding the “voice of the employer” and encouraging stronger college-business partnerships for more effective and sustained two-way communication between business and higher education.
- Understanding the role of K-12 education in preparing the workforce of the future, and understanding how stronger university-school partnerships can enhance STEM workforce readiness at all levels.
- Examining current and prospective developments in undergraduate and graduate education and their impact on STEM workforce readiness, including the encouragement of more hands-on, research-based learning, an increased emphasis on both interdisciplinary learning and “team science” at all levels, the desire for more internships, apprenticeships, and traineeships for undergraduate and graduate students.
- More clearly defining what we mean by a “STEM-capable workforce,” including a recognition that many so-called non-STEM careers still require some level of STEM capability or STEM-savviness.
- Identifying innovative and effective ways in which federal investments in education and training can enhance STEM workforce readiness.
AGENDA: Day 1, September 21, 2015
|7:30–8:00 a.m.||Breakfast and informal conversation (Lobby)|
|8:00–8:15 a.m.||Rodney Adkins, Former Senior Vice President for Strategy, IBM Corporation. (Chair of the Summit Planning Committee)
Welcome, introductions, purpose of the Summit
|8:15–8:30 a.m.||Dr. France Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation
Welcome from the sponsor
|8:30–9:15 a.m.||Dr. Rush Holt, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science
The Link Between STEM Education and Workforce Productivity
|9:15–9:45 a.m.||Kelvin Droegemeier, NSB Vice Chair and Chair of its Science & Engineering Indicators Committee
“Revisiting the STEM Workforce” An overview of the new report of the National Science Board
|9:45–10:30 a.m.||Dr. Irwin Kirsch, Director of the Center for Global Assessment, Educational Testing Service
“America’s Skills Challenge: Millennials and the Future”
Panel 1. The student voice and recent graduate voice: “what works—and what doesn’t work—in terms of workforce preparation?”
Panel 2. Key challenges facing U.S. employers in high demand fields
Keynote Speaker: Freeman Hrabowski, President, UMBC
“What do we mean by ‘STEM-capable’ students and workers?”
Panel 3. Successful strategies for aligning higher education programs, curricula, and lab experiences with workforce needs
Panel 4. Alternative pathways and alternative providers—helping the new “traditional student” prepare for success in the STEM workforce
Panel 5. Focusing on K-12 STEM education and workforce readiness: How do we lay the groundwork early for success in STEM careers?
Brief overview of six high priority themes for federal agency support and investment by the session moderators—to lay the groundwork for tomorrow morning’s breakout group discussions (see details on the following pages and in your agenda books).
Group 1. New/Innovative Pathways: Mary Alice McCarthy and Kim Green
Group 2. Professional Skills or Employability Skills: Rebecca Dernberger
Group 3. STEM Career Awareness: DeRionne Pollard and Russell Rumberger
Group 4. STEM University Faculty Development: Debra Stewart
Group 5. Broadening Diversity: Holly Zanville and Shelley Westman
Group 6. Emerging Priority Content Areas: Daniel Atkins and Greg Camilli
|5:30 p.m.||Adjourn Day 1|
|AGENDA: Day 2,||September 22, 2015|
|8:00–8:30 a.m.||Breakfast and informal conversation (Lobby) (Pick up your tent card and go directly to your preferred breakout room at 8:30 a.m.)|
Concurrent Breakout Groups: To discuss, dissect and prioritize topics
Breakout group sessions will be modestly structured to allow for a free-flowing discussion, but with the goal of surfacing key ideas that can guide both public policy strategies and institutional strategies.
Group 1. New/Innovative Pathways—Room 101
Group 2. Professional Skills or Employability Skills—Room 103
Group 3. STEM Career Awareness—Room 106
Group 4. Faculty Development—Room 201
Group 5. Broadening Diversity—206
Group 6. Emerging Priority Content Areas—Room 208
|10:00–11:15 a.m.||Round 2 of Concurrent New Breakout Groups (same topics and rooms)|
|11:30–12:30 p.m.||Report out from each breakout group on the topics, priorities, and strategies that surfaced during the discussions, as well as the key remaining questions that merit additional research/consideration|
|1:15–3:00 p.m.||Full group discussion of priority topics, considerations for federal investment, and identification of remaining questions that merit further research and analysis|
|3:00 p.m.||Meeting adjourns|