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Is There Really a STEM Workforce Shortage? 

Claims that there is a significant shortage of scientific and technical talent have been a running feature of STEM workforce policy discussions since the 1950s. The outcomes of these discussions influence not only federal investment in education and training, but also labor and immigration policy, as well as efforts to diversify the STEM workforce. Yet, as Ron Hira writes in Issues in Science and Technology, the data to bolster such claims are often lacking, and some voices are louder than others. How can STEM workforce needs best be determined, and how should policymakers balance the many factors in play?

On October 24 at 1:30 PM ET, join Ron Hira (Howard University), Trevor Wagener (Computer & Communications Industry Association), Matt Sigelman (Burning Glass Institute), and Iris Wagstaff (Wagstaff STEM Solutions) in a discussion on how to make STEM workforce discussions more nuanced and inclusive.

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And don’t miss the debate in our Forum section: Donna K. Ginther, Chris Griswold, Matt Sigelman, Mark Regets, and Iris R. Wagstaff weigh in on the idea of a STEM workforce shortage
 
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