The Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways conducted a national survey of high school students in STEM classes during Spring 2015. This report draws on those data to identify opportunities, challenges, and promising practices for leveraging equity to meet STEM workforce needs.
Scholars, policy experts, and advocates agree the nation faces challenges fueling the STEM pipeline. They do not share a common definition of STEM careers. We chose among alternatives based on our goal of closing the gap between workforce supply and demand. Thus, social sciences, health careers, and accounting are excluded from the definition of STEM fields in this report.