Confederation of British Industry Higher Education Task Force

The Confederation of British Industry is the United Kingdom’s premier voice for the business community, and champion for the role of education as a critical ingredient to economic competitiveness. Its task force is focused on forming effective partnerships between business and U.K. education to help create solutions to strengthen workforce development, graduate skills, research and innovation.

The McGraw-Hill Research Foundation and the CBI gathered 15 university vice chancellors to discuss the implications of upcoming reforms to higher education, and the key role played by business/university engagement in education.

CBI Education Task Force microsite

STEM Education Coalition/The National Academies of Sciences

Despite federal, state and local efforts, underrepresentation of minority groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields remains a severe impediment to U.S. competitiveness.

In 2006, underrepresented minority groups comprised 28.5 percent of the U.S. population, but comprised only 9.1 percent of college-educated Americans in science and engineering occupations.

The National Academies of Sciences recently authored Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. The report directly addresses these issues, exploring the role and value of diversity in the STEM workforce, and establishing best practices and a road map for increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM.

On February 15, 2011, The McGraw-Hill Research Foundation co-sponsored a briefing of the report, in partnership with the STEM Education Coalition and the Diversity & Innovation Caucus. The event featured Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland , Baltimore and author of the NAS report; Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D – TX); Congressman Mike Honda (D – CA); and Dr. Shirley Malcolm, Head of Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Education.

Learn more about the report here.