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Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads

Published: October 2010

Publisher(s): National Academy of Sciences

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

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Area of Focus: STEM


The book highlights the urgent need for underrepresented minorities in the science and engineering workforce. It offers a comprehensive road map for increasing their participation and success in post-secondary STEM education by improving preparation, access and motivation, affordability, and academic and social support.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

=Although minorities are the fastest growing segment of the population, they are underrepresented in the fields of science and engineering.

=Underrepresented minorities majored in STEM at the same rate as other groups, but their completion rates were lower.

=Areas of highest priority for near-term action are: 1) undergraduate retention and completion of underrepresented minorities in STEM through strong academic, social and financial support; and 2) K-12 teacher preparation, college preparatory programs (e.g. advanced courses and proper academic advising), and programs that support the transition from undergraduate to graduate work (e.g. portable fellowships, research assistantships, institutional grants). 

Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: STEM; Science/Technology; Elementary and Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Minorities

+ Successful strategy
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