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If STEM Ain’t Broke, Fix It Still?

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

July 2019

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the US have published a comprehensive report on the graduate STEM education in the 21st century, prepared by the committee on revitalizing graduate stem education for the 21st century.

The report is interesting in that, rather than constructing its recommendations from an analysis of the problems and how to fix those, starts by depicting an `ideal graduate STEM education´ and articulates recommendations to get closer to the ideal.

The report does identify problems:

  • There is a mismatch between what the faculty want and what the students want
  • Graduate STEM education doesn’t meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population
  • Demand for STEM graduates is generally high, but not in all fields.
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