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Confronting the "New" American Dilemma -- Underrepresented Minorities in Engineering: A Data-Based Look at Diversity


The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) has released new research, made possible by Motorola Foundation, that quantifies a growing "opportunity gap" in the number of minority students pursuing degrees and careers in science and technology. In what NACME characterizes as "the 'New' American Dilemma," the report shows that rates of participation by African Americans, American Indians, and Latinos in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields have flatlined, and in some cases have actually declined.

At a time when the pursuit of careers in science and technology is a major indicator of the nation's ability to be competitive and economically strong, NACME's report highlights another reason that the United States is falling behind in the global economy. The report finds a vast pool of minority students who aren't prepared for STEM fields and who thus can't contribute to the solution.