Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Report: U.S. Economic Leadership Vulnerable Due to Poor Performance in Math, Science

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Report: U.S. Economic Leadership Vulnerable Due to Poor Performance in Math, Science

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WASHINGTON

Armed with one of the most comprehensive and current reviews of data available, top corporate and higher education leaders last month said that the United States' lackluster performance in science and math has placed the nation in serious danger of losing its competitive edge in the global marketplace.

The data--presented in a new report by the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF)--is part of a joint effort of the business and higher education communities to objectively analyze the most recent and up-to-date information available on America's performance in math and science education.

"The most recent data about the performance of United States' students in math and science is cause for deep concern," says William H. Swanson, chairman and CEO of Raytheon Co. and co-chair of the BHEF's Initiative on Mathematics and Science Education. "Technology is the lifeblood of our country because innovation builds prosperity and good quality jobs for our increasingly diverse workforce. If we don't invest in and improve student achievement in math and science, there are serious implications for the business community, the U.S. economy and our quality of life."

The report, "A Commitment to America's Future: Responding to the Crisis in Mathematics and Science Education," warns that if current trends continue, the United States will lose its preeminence in science and technology and its leadership position in innovation. …

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