Connecticut and Texas STEM growth plans illustrate strategic differences
- Institutions around the country are working to produce more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates, and recent announcements from the University of Connecticut and Texas A&M University showcase the differences in strategies schools are using to get there.
- Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced $1.5 billion in funding to grow STEM programs at the University of Connecticut by facilitating increases in faculty and enrollment, building new STEM facilities and dorms, and creating new doctoral fellowships and an honors program--if it passes the state legislature.
- Texas A&M University last week announced its "25 by 25" initiative, which aims to increase engineering enrollment to 25,000 students by 2025 with no dedicated funds aside from money for infrastructure improvement that the university already planned to spend.
From the article:
That the country needs more science, technology, engineering, and math graduates is a common refrain, but there has been little consensus about how to achieve this goal, and recent announcements from two public universities showcase very different strategies. ...
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