In an op-ed for the New York Daily News, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein wrote that the lack of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education is a national security problem. The need for a STEM-related workforce is growing, but few interested young students go on to earn degrees in these areas.
Goldstein outlined a five point plant to reinvigorate STEM research and education. Schools need to make sure students are prepared for college-level STEM studies by adding summer and after-school programs. Colleges and universities should encourage study at all levels by providing STEM literacy to all students–not just those majoring in these areas. Ensure that students are taught by creative and effective teachers by launching President Obama’s national STEM Master Teacher Corps. Immigration reform would allow foreign students with technical degrees to receive green cards and permanent visas. Create stronger ties between business and education to foster growth, innovation and development.