While the U.S. Department of Education is still funded under the current federal government shutdown, college and universities who rely on funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Geological Survey are currently impacted.
There's no denying that the landscape of education is changing. With the advent of computers, the internet and mobile phones, there are so many technologies available today that were not present in the 1950s, or even five or ten years ago. A decade ago, the iPad didn't exist. Now you'll find them in millions of classrooms around the country.
Students across the United States are starting to feel in the impacts of the shutdown right now. From my lens as an atmospheric sciences professor at a major university and as a former president of the American Meteorological Society, here four ways (at least) that students are being affected.
Providing early research experiences and creating supportive campus environments are among the promising and intentional strategies outlined in a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine focused on the impact and role of minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in producing graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO and current L.A. Clippers owner, talks about the numbers behind education on the second episode of Numbers Geek from GeekWire, in partnership with USAFacts, Ballmer’s not-for-profit, non-partisan civic data initiative.
The United States is behind many other nations when it comes to crafting a national plan for AI. Last year, China released its “Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan,” with the explicit goal of becoming the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030. Over a dozen other countries have also published national AI strategies. The AI revolution is global, and while the United States has a vibrant AI ecosystem, other nations do, too.
Even after recent high-profile incidents, cybersecurity can seem abstract and non-urgent, but of course, cybersecurity is a necessity in education. Schools have valuable information to protect for both students and employees. However, as financial and physical security issues arise, cybersecurity can fall down the list.
A new report from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) asks whether there's anything to be done for the lack of diversity in the tech field, which seems to arise in high school and college and percolate into the workforce from there. The research project called on university representatives and industry experts to examine questions of diversity in computer science.
The United States lost one-third of its manufacturing jobs--5.8 million positions--between 2000 and 2010. Although the economy has strengthened significantly since then, only about 12% of these jobs have returned. Their disappearance has resulted in painful social disruption: manufacturing had been a critical route to the middle class for those with high school educations or less.
In industries across the board, job openings outnumber qualified applicants -- and it’s only going to get worse. According to research released earlier this year by the Korn Ferry Institute, the existing talent shortage will reach its worst levels in 2030, when an expected 85.2 million job openings will go unfilled worldwide.