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Report ­rges Colleges to Emphasize Math, Science, and International Studies

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Mathematics, science, and technology must continue to be a priority for U.S. higher education to ensure that the United States remains globally competitive, according to a report by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. A new year-long study, "Leadership for Challenging Times," found that U.S. residents ages 25 to 34 are less likely to earn degrees in math, science, and technology than their parents' generation. The report addresses issues such as the declining interest in math and science among students, as well as the current state of elementary and secondary math and science education.

In addition, the report says the United States should expect fewer students from other countries such as China and India to attend American colleges now that other nations are spending more on higher education, the study says. The report recommends that college presidents emphasize the importance of math, science, and technology, and recommends that colleges encourage students to learn foreign languages and study abroad.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education
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