Colleges and universities need to find new ways to recruit, retain and graduate STEM students – and design thinking can help. That’s the driving message in Stephen Blair’s new piece for Fast Company, “3 New Ideas to Help Universities Attract and Empower STEM Students,” which identities getting out of the basement, embracing startup culture and infusing cutting-edge technology as key opportunities.
As Blair notes, projections released by the U.S. Department of Education paint a bright future for jobs in the STEM fields. However, predictions indicate that we will need approximately 1 million more STEM professional than we will produce at our current rate. Currently, about 300,000 graduates obtain bachelor and associate degrees in STEM fields every year. In order to create the new workforce of 1 million additional STEM experts, that number needs to increase by 100,000 annually.
The three ideas stem from Blair’s recent white paper, “6 Ways Colleges and Universities Can Use Design to Retain STEM Students,” which can be downloaded here.