Tapping America's Potential Our Goal: Increase the annual number of U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics bachelor's-level graduates to 400,000 degrees by 2015.
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Are We Falling Behind

Support From Policymakers

More and more, key policymakers are focusing on this important issue. Below are links to proposed legislation, policy and support - offered by both parties - that are creating momentum for policies that ensure America has a workforce grounded in the critical STEM fields.

"Many reports over the past decade have found that it is critical to our Nation's economic leadership and global competitiveness that we educate and train more scientists and engineers. In the meantime, research shows that women and underrepresented minorities, who by 2050 will comprise more than 50 percent of our population, are disproportionately lost at every transition point in their STEM studies and research careers. As a Nation, we cannot afford to continue hemorrhaging so much talent."

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) — March 22, 2013

"When it comes to math and science the United States needs to do its homework. Currently, less than one-third of eighth graders in the U.S. are proficient in science and mathematics and only nine states allow computer science courses to count towards graduation requirements."

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) — February 26, 2013

“Colorado’s economy is adding jobs in STEM-related fields every day and we need to meet this growing demand by educating a highly-skilled and competitive work force."

Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia — January 22, 2013

“Math and science are at the core of New Mexico's efforts to ensure that today's students can get a job in a market that will demand those skills when they graduate. New Mexico's economy will be powered by workers who are skilled in these fields."

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez — January 22, 2013

“As Florida’s economy continues to grow, demand for STEM related fields is increasing. Today, STEM jobs advertised online are up by nearly 14 percent from last year, providing tens of thousands of job opportunities for Florida families. The evidence is clear – we have to ensure we make STEM education a priority for Florida children so that more Florida families have the tools they need to pursue the American Dream. Florida has a highly-skilled workforce that is uniquely prepared to fill these positions and meet the demands of the 21st century economy.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott — December 13, 2012

"… [T]hree-quarters of Americans already support allowing STEM graduates with masters or doctorates to stay in the Unites States where they can start businesses and employ Americans. Voters understand that entrepreneurs – both American and foreign-born – and the businesses they build are responsible for creating nearly every net new job in the United States since 1980."

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) — October 31, 2012

"American universities’ reputation for excellence, advanced research and innovation attracts the best and brightest students from around the world. These foreign graduates in science, technology, engineering and math — the STEM fields — are behind many crucial innovations and new businesses that are key to U.S. economic growth. These foreign graduates could contribute greatly to our economy and create jobs for countless unemployed Americans. Unfortunately, our immigration system prohibits many of them from staying here."

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) — September 18, 2012

Education is America's single best investment in job creation. But our economic success relies not solely on helping students get their high school and college degrees; it rests upon our ability to graduate more students with highly marketable skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It's the key to keeping America innovating, creating jobs and staying economically competitive with the world.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) — July 31, 2012

"Immigration reform is not just a moral imperative, but an economic necessity as well. Immigrants with advanced degrees start companies, create jobs, and drive innovation at a high rate. Immigrants founded or cofounded nearly half of our 50 top venture-backed companies. They are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business. And that kind of risk taking is something we need more than ever because new business starts are now at a 30-year low. … [I]f you get an advanced degree here, we want you to stay here – so we will staple a green card to your diploma. We want the best and brightest to enrich the nation through the jobs and technologies they will help create."

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney — June 21, 2012

“America has always been a magnet for the world’s most talented and hardest working, but we are quickly losing our edge as other countries adopt smarter economic-driven immigration policies. The future is on the line – now is the time to reform the system and welcome the workers who will continue our success as the world’s leading economy.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — May 22, 2012

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