Monthly Archives: October 2011

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board cuts physics programs at two HBCU’s – Is Florida next?

From the Houston Chronicle story: Earlier this year, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board identified 545 programs at public universities, community colleges and health institutions that were not producing enough graduates, including several at Texas Southern University and Prairie View … Continue reading

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Health research advocacy group: Floridians say State Must be a Leader in Science and Research

Press release from Research!America: WASHINGTON—October 27, 2011—A majority of Floridians (87%) believe it is important for their state to be a leader in science and medical research, according to a new state poll commissioned by Research!America. The poll also shows … Continue reading

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Florida’s schools should prepare students for the new economy

Instead of fussing over whether anthropology is or isn’t a viable college major and career choice, or whether Bright Futures should be saved by raising the SAT requirements, or whether Florida schools are producing enough STEM workers for the state’s … Continue reading

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Associated Press: African-American participation in STEM fields declining

From an AP report (linked here at the Huffington Post): The percentage of African-Americans earning STEM degrees has fallen during the last decade. It may seem far-fetched for an undereducated black population to aspire to become chemists or computer scientists, … Continue reading

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Georgetown report: scientific and technological disciplines have “become the common currency in the labor market”

From a post on the NY Times blog Economix about a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce: The scientific and technological disciplines have “become the common currency in the labor market,” Mr. Carnevale said. … Continue reading

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Florida Chamber of Commerce: Link Bright Futures and STEM

From the Florida Chamber of Commerce legislative agenda document, “Where We Stand“: Link Bright Futures scholarships to degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). If this is done by this year’s legislature, how it is done … Continue reading

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Should Bright Futures scholarships be used to recruit math and science teachers?

Several policy-level people are thinking about it, including State Board of Education member Gary Chartrand and Higher Education Coordinating Council co-chair Marshall Criser. See Leslie Postal’s report at School Zone.

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