Of all U.S. high school students who graduated in 2011, only 45 percent were ready for college-level math and a mere 30 percent were ready for science, according to ACT, a college-entrance testing agency. These data reflect the great challenge facing the U.S. in preparing students for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.
What might a reasonable, constructive presidential campaign look like? To ask the question invites immediate dissent because we probably can’t even agree across philosophical or political lines what “reasonable” and “constructive” mean.
As we struggle to recover from the "Great Recession," the quantity of jobs being generated in the U.S. remains our paramount concern, and we stay focused on the national unemployment rate that the Department of Labor announces each month.
Support for higher education has never been more important to the nation’s economic future than today. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2018, 63 percent of U.S. jobs will require some form of postsecondary education.