Double the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates with bachelor’s degrees by 2019.
In July 2005, 15 prominent business organizations signed on to “Tapping America’s Potential,” agreeing to work toward this goal.
The warning signs had been growing for some time. Numerous organizations were telling the same story: American students are falling behind in math and science. Fewer and fewer students are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and American students are performing at levels far below students in competitor nations on international standardized tests in these subjects. Meanwhile, international students educated in America are facing misguided immigration policies that hamper their ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the United States.
Other countries are gaining ground. China not only graduates four times as many engineers as the United States, but it also offers lucrative tax breaks to attract companies to conduct research and development (R&D;) in the country. By 2010, 90% of the world’s engineers will live in Asia.
The organizations, representing the largest and most innovative companies in America, recognized the need for a solution, and decided upon this ten year goal.