Not Your usual Bailout

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2009 at 10:35 am

The Council of Graduate Schools’ April report, Broadening Participation in Graduate Education, called for a “bailout” of another proportion–that of human capital. “In these challenging economic times, we might consider what economist Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, has called a ‘bailout’ of America’s human capital, arguing that ‘the future competitiveness and standard of living of America depend on our people’s skills, their capacities to communicate and solve problems, and innovate.’ The time for action is now.”

This bailout would be applied toward cultivating more minority talent to pursue graduate education, particularly in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). As the Executive Summary points out, women are rapidly closing the gap with males in attaining a graduate degree, however, women are still underrepresented in many disciplines, largely STEM disciplines. One way many colleges and universities have invested in improving and encouraging more minority access to STEM fields is by participating in the National Science Foundation’s AGEP (Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) program. The overall objectives of the program is to
• significantly increase the number of underrepresented minorities (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders) obtaining graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and
• enhance the preparation of underrepresented minorities for faculty positions in academia.

For more information regarding STEM participating colleges and universities, click here.

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  2. Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so, Excellent post!

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