Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced Next Generation Connecticut, a plan to dedicate $1.5 billion to improving the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs at the University of Connecticut.
The money will be used to hire more faculty members, enroll more students, build new STEM facilities and dorms, and create new doctoral fellowships and STEM honors program. If the plan passes the state legislature, it would increase the number of engineering undergraduates enrolled at the university by 70 percent and the number of STEM graduates by 47 percent. The program is based on the assumption that future jobs will be primarily in technology- and science-based fields.
Texas A&M University has launched a similar program, the 25 by 25 initiative, which aims to increase engineering enrollment at the university to 25,000 by 2025; the university's School of Engineering will fund the program's gradual expansion with the extra money that growing enrollment generates. Instead of recruiting potential engineering students from other states, Texas A&M's program intends to create and nurture those students who are already enrolled.
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