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Video: Fortune 1000 Executives: New President Must Fix Education Gap
Date:9/17/2008

- More than half give pre-college system a failing grade and are

experiencing a shortage in STEM talent - Two-thirds are concerned that other countries' increased access to STEM

talent is impacting competitiveness

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Presidential candidates should be very concerned about the country's ability to attract and retain science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers in order to maintain its global leadership in science and technology, say CEOs and other C-suite executives at America's Fortune 1000 STEM companies.

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One way to counter this talent crisis, they say, is to build a diverse STEM pipeline beginning at the earliest educational level. And while they believe they and other STEM companies have a responsibility to support such a diverse pipeline, they also say the current American pre-college education system is failing to engage girls and minorities to pursue STEM careers.

These are among the findings of a new survey commissioned by Bayer Corporation as part of its Making Science Make Sense(R) initiative. In the latest Bayer Facts of Science Education Survey XIII: Fortune 1000 STEM Executives on STEM Education, STEM Diversity and U.S. Competitiveness, senior executives leading some of the country's largest chemical, pharmaceutical, aerospace, semiconductor and other STEM industry companies were polled about a host of issues related to diversity and underrepresentation of women, African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics in STEM fields and their impact on U.S. competitiveness.

Specifically, the survey asked 100 of these Fortune 1000 executives to address three STEM workforce aspects: first, the current U.S. STEM workforce needs in the face of
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