www.tap2015.org to be Business Community’s Hub for Making Reforms a National Priority
Washington, DC – The Tapping America’s Potential (“TAP”) campaign today launched www.tap2015.org, a Web site designed by the business community to make improving our nation’s math and science talent pipeline a national priority as a key component of U.S. competitiveness. The fifteen business organizations that comprise TAP represent every sector of the U.S. economy and include America’s largest and most innovative companies.
“Today’s launch of this new site marks another milestone in our campaign to place math and science education at the top of the U.S. competitiveness agenda by increasing public awareness,” said John J. Castellani, President of Business Roundtable, which is leading the business groups in this effort. “U.S. employers rely on an American workforce that is solidly grounded in these skills, making reform critical to the future economic strength of our nation.”
The site provides valuable national and international data – including state-specific information – drawing a clear picture of the competitiveness challenges facing our country. Also included are links to key reports, news coverage of the issue and the results of public opinion research on competitiveness and innovation conducted in the second half of 2005. In addition, www.tap2015.org offers information on how everyone – businesses, policymakers, employees, parents, educators and students – can join the campaign and play a part in achieving the TAP goal.
The “Tapping America’s Potential” report, released in July 2005, expressed deep concern about America’s ability to sustain its scientific and technological superiority. The report set the goal of doubling the number of U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates with bachelor’s degrees by 2015. Since that time, the National Academies of Science has released its own report echoing many of the same concerns, the President has called for an American Competitiveness Initiative, and several pieces of bipartisan legislation have been introduced in Congress. The TAP Web site is designed to add to this building momentum.
“We are encouraged that the President and key Members of Congress have recognized the importance of math and science reform to the overall goal of improving American competitiveness, and that the business community as a whole has pledged its support for these efforts,” said Brian Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Business-Higher Education Forum, a TAP member.
After issuing its report in July 2005, TAP mobilized an intensive effort to vocalize concerns at the highest levels of Congress and the Administration. TAP members are encouraging policymakers to pass legislation this year to address the current and growing need to strengthen U.S. capabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
To visit the new Web site, go to www.tap2015.org.