Why STEM and What Is It?

STEM Vital Signs from Change the Equation

Change the Equation is leading private sector initiatives to help improve STEM teaching and learning in the U.S.—both in school and out of school. CTEq member companies are committed to working with states and local communities, which provide over 90 percent of public funding for education, to improve STEM learning.

Business-Higher Education Forum Model

The BHEF U.S. STEM Education Model (the Model) is the centerpiece of the Business-Higher Education
Forum’s (BHEF) STEM Education & Modeling Project, which is designed to help increase the number of
students who pursue majors and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(the disciplines collectively known as STEM). The project’s impetus is the organization’s Securing America’s
Leadership in STEM Initiative, launched in 2005 with the goal of doubling by 2015 the number of U.S.
students who graduate in STEM fields.

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report to the President on STEM

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House and from cabinet departments and other Federal agencies. PCAST is consulted about and often makes policy recommendations concerning the full range of issues where understandings from the domains of science, technology, and innovation bear potentially on the policy choices before the President. PCAST is administered by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).