STEM Education

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

In the years ahead, many of the fastest growing industries across the state and the nation demand a workforce that is capable in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in addition to the arts and humanities. Over 90% of the 8 million STEM jobs projected through 2018 will require at least some college with a range from a professional certification, to Associate’s Degrees, to Bachelor’s Degrees and beyond. The nation also needs 100,000 more STEM teachers over the next ten years.

Data on the STEM pipeline is daunting. According to the 2012 STEM Vital Signs released by Change the Equation, no state is on track to getting all students the STEM skills they need to succeed in college and careers. Low-income and minority students lag furthest behind.

SUNY plays a powerful role in reversing these trends.

Empire State STEM Learning Network

Empire STEM is a statewide, community-led collaborative. The Network’s mission is to advance STEM education to prepare all students for success in school, work and life to fuel innovation and economic vitality in the Empire State.

“STEM education” refers to the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to a level of rigor sufficient to produce critical thinkers and problem solvers across all fields of endeavor who can thrive in the 21st century economy.

The Network’s vision provides a roadmap for communities to accelerate the way they learn and compete by leveraging assets, expertise and partnerships:

The Network’s design principles represent common beliefs held by stakeholders across the state:

Power of SUNY - Strategic Plan