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Report on Reports II: Recommendations for Urgent Action, 2006


Transforming America's Scientific and Technological Infrastructure

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is an informal national alliance working to build strong learning environments for undergraduate students in mathematics, engineering, and the various fields of science, with a focus on what works. PKAL's Report on Reports II is a follow-up to its 2002 Report on Reports I, which sought to inform and advance the work of leaders responsible for the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in the nation's colleges and universities.

"This 2006 PKAL Report on Reports II is modeled after its predecessor, with some significant differences:
  • all of the nearly 20 reports cited, briefly or at length, have been issued in the last 36 months, reflecting an increasing concern at the national level and within academe about America's present and future capacity to be a world leader in innovating and applying scientific and technological advances to address critical societal problems. ...

  • the arguments and recommendations presented are "in their own voice," with short background statements to establish the context.

  • the intended audience is the entire community of stakeholders: those responsible for budgets, policies and programs that affect research and education in STEM fields at the national, state and local level; those responsible for the quality of STEM research and education in America's educational institutions; those potential employers of STEM graduates; and all citizens in a society in which science and technology have a significant impact on most aspects of our lives."