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Evidence suggests that STEM education will be critical to 21st-century success for individuals, communities, organizations, and nations. RAND has examined labor shortages in key STEM fields such as cybersecurity, initiatives to improve instruction and achievement, and how U.S. investments in STEM education stack up against those of other global powers.

  • Science teacher explaining rules and formulas in physics and mechanics to a student at a blackboard, photo by LanaStock/Getty Images

    Essay

    The Power of Invention—and the Value of Diversity and Inclusion

    Inventions benefit society and improve lives. Their economic impacts show the value of investing in more young people and their opportunities for learning. Policymakers could support programs that encourage more women, racial/ethnic minorities, and people from lower-income families to become inventors.

    May 4, 2021

  • People meeting in a career counseling office, photo by BullRun/Adobe Stock

    Report

    Career Services and College-Employer Partnership Practices in Community Colleges

    The number of middle-skill jobs in STEM fields that require credentials but not a four-year college degree is growing. Community colleges play a key role in preparing students to fill these positions. How can states support colleges and their partnerships with employers?

    Jul 6, 2022

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