Saturday, September 22, 2007

Our Future Scientists?

This was just received from the Association:

Worldwide Comparison of Higher Education Released
On Tuesday, September 18, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released “Education at a Glance 2007,” their annual report of data and analysis of education systems in their 30 member countries. According to Inside Higher Ed, the report shows that the competitiveness of American higher education continues to decline compared to other countries. One startling statistic in the report shows that the proportions of employed 25 to 34-year-olds in the U.S. who have a science degree significantly lag the OECD averages. The article quotes John Douglass, senior research fellow in public policy and higher education at the University of California at Berkley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education as saying, “The latest OECD published data shows a continued trend of stagnation in higher education access and graduation rates in the U.S. among younger students, and a relative decline in our standing when compared to other developed economies. It’s a trajectory that could prove a real drag on the nation’s long-term economic competitiveness. Among younger students, the U.S. is now a little bit better than mediocre in getting students into colleges and universities, and pretty lousy at getting those who enroll to actually get a degree.”

Since its founding in 1881, AAUW has been committed to making the dream of a higher education a reality for women. Read more about AAUW’s commitment to and recommendations for the Higher Education Act, the cornerstone of the federal government’s commitment to post-secondary education. AAUW also supports promoting and strengthening science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, especially for girls and other underrepresented populations. For more information on AAUW’s stance on girls’ and women’s education in STEM fields, please read AAUW’s legislative agenda for the 110th Congress and watch for an upcoming release of AAUW’s new STEM position paper.

From Diane: AAUW has always supported education and long sponsored programs to encourage girls to consider careers in the STEM (science, technolgy, engineering and math) areas. Our work is just important as ever.

By joining AAUW you become elegible to receive (or just visit the web-site and read) the Washington Update which contains information on this and many other issues of importance to women. For more information contact www.aauw-nys.org or www.aauw.org.

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