A new study released by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce paints a grim picture of the direction of America’s students. While evidence abounds that a college degree in a STEM subject is one precursor to success in this economy, students don’t seem to be heeding the call to major in engineering, math, or the sciences. Only 16 percent of recent college graduates, to be exact, chose a STEM major. What’s the barrier to entry?
The Georgetown study suggests that shaky math aptitude in high school prevents students from looking seriously at STEM subjects in college. Unfortunately, this fact leads study authors to conclude, “Current interest in STEM fields and proficiency in math are not sufficient to meet U.S. workforce demand.”