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Action now can help avoid the coming shortage of math and science grads

In 1975, the United States was third among all nations in the percentage of 18-to-24-year-olds who earned science and engineering degrees. Today, it ranks 17th, behind Taiwan and South Korea, Ireland and Italy. Unless that slide in scientific competency is reversed, the nations economic welfare and security will be threatened.

That was the conclusion of a report issued in May 2004 by the ......

Full article >>> o their economic growth. They are better prepared to offer their best and brightest educational opportunities, and careers, at home.

For many years we have benefited from minimal competition in the global science and engineering labor market, but attractive and competitive alternatives are now expanding around the world, said Warren M. Washington, chairman of the National Science Board.
Full article >>> ess leaders are supportive because they forecast a national shortage of skilled workers perhaps as soon as 2006.

If were going to have these highly skilled folks in sufficient numbers, the ability to grow our own is going to be more important, UW System President Kevin Reilly said.

Whether its an extra year of math and science in high school or a focused program such as Project ......

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