The National Academies Press: Promising Practices for Strengthening the Regional STEM Workforce Development Ecosystem


Committee on Improving Higher Education's Responsiveness to Regional STEM Workforce Needs: Identifying Analytical Tools and Regional Best Practices; Board on Higher Education and WorkforcePolicy and Global Affairs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


U.S. strength in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines has formed the basis of innovations, technologies, and industries that have spurred the nation’s economic growth throughout the last 150 years. Universities are essential to the creation and transfer of new knowledge that drives innovation. This knowledge moves out of the university and into broader society in several ways – through highly skilled graduates (i.e. human capital); academic publications; and the creation of new products, industries, and companies via the commercialization of scientific breakthroughs. Despite this, our understanding of how universities receive, interpret, and respond to industry signaling demands for STEM-trained workers is far from complete.

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