Connecticut Invests in STEM Education

According the State Science and Technology Institute, Connecticut is the latest state to make a substantial investment in education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields:STEM

Instead of focusing on one industry sector, Gov. Malloy’s approach is built around the creation of a top-notch workforce to fill high-wage STEM jobs that he says will be generated through targeted investments in UConn. Like the aforementioned plans, Connecticut’s initiative would be supported over 10 years with the state investing $137 million in operating costs and $1.5 billion in capital investments. UConn would contribute additional funding for operating and capital expenses. With this financial commitment, the goals are:

  • Increasing undergraduate enrollment by 6,580 (about 30 percent) with almost half of the increase in STEM fields, including a 70 percent increase in engineering students;

  • Hiring 259 new faculty, 200 of whom would be STEM instructors;

  • Creation of the nation’s premier STEM honors program and state-of-the-art facilities with $1.5 billion in bonding for construction of teaching and research labs and additional housing and parking; and,

  • Relocating the Hartford campus to improve accessibility, strengthen collaboration with regional businesses and provide real-world internships to help students launch careers.

The orginal SSTI post is here.

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