Oklahoma Baptist University

The Need for STEM

Recent research shows that among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD) countries, the average U.S. student scored 491 on science literacy—behind 19 of the 29 OECD countries and behind three of eleven non-OECD countries. Significant research is being conducted on trends in education and jobs in the United States. The outcomes of this research have strongly suggested the need for an increased number of college graduates in the United States. The U.S. needs to educate nearly 800,000 more college graduates each year from now until 2025 to meet the growing needs of the workforce. This number has ballooned to the extent at present, partly because higher education attainment rates have remained flat in the United States for the past forty years. Various initiatives are being suggested to reach this goal. Some of them include:

  • GOAL 2025: A goal set forth by the Lumina Foundation to increase the proportion of American s with high quality degrees and credentials to sixty percent by the year 2025
  • Educate to Innovate: President Obama’s campaign to increase STEM literacy, through collaborative efforts from the Federal Government, leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies to work with young people across America to excel in science and math.

The Summer Institute is one such proposed program that lies at the intersection of efforts to increase both college graduates and STEM literacy. At OBU, the Summer Institute will educate for college, as well as improve science and math awareness through innovative learning approaches.