Quality Progress - October 2013 - (Page 12)

PERSPECTIVES BY CindY P. Veenstra and Glenn Walters Action Required Grow STEM opportunities through active industry involvement IN ITS EFFORT to advance ideas, research we must actively support our education the percentage and the number of STEM and practice in science, technology, system from which future employees come, graduates entering the STEM work- engineering and mathematics (STEM) and recognize that we definitely can help force.2 The situation is so critical that education and workforce, ASQ’s Education improve education through our profession- industry is asking for more international Division co-sponsored the third annual al knowledge of continuous improvement graduates to be allowed to live in the Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference and our personal volunteer efforts. United States and work. Legislation in We have a projected serious short- in June. the U.S. Congress would increase the age of STEM professionals, and the ASQ official quota of H1-B visas for highly with industry—grew out of the success of community must get involved with STEM skilled foreign workers from the current our 2012 STEM Agenda Conference panel education activities in their communities 65,000 to 110,000.3 keynote led by Paul D. Plotkowski, dean of to ensure we are developing the knowledge the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of and skill sets needed. The conference theme—collaboration Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley • U.S. high school students ranked 25th in the world in their math knowledge. Other STEM education facts are pre- STEM shortfall in the U.S. While we were pleased with the success of the conference, more ASQ members sented in the ASQ Education Division’s Here are some STEM education facts: Advancing the STEM Agenda: Quality • If the United States continues with the State University in Michigan. Improvement Supports STEM.4 from industry could have attended and same STEM graduation rates in our col- learned about the STEM agenda and how leges and universities, we should expect Break down silos their companies can reach out to schools a shortage of 1 million STEM graduates STEM education has many stakehold- and universities in their communities in the next 10 years.1 ers. Often in practice, we have looked at through successful collaborations. Our • Some organizations already are having K-12, higher education and the transition conclusion is that there is insufficient difficulty recruiting technicians, scientists to STEM careers as separate silos. At this awareness in the ASQ community of the and engineers, even though we are recov- year’s conference, Reginald McGregor, ering from the worldwide recession. manager at Rolls-Royce Corp., led a key- need for industry’s involvement in supporting the STEM agenda. • We will need more quality engineers and note discussion on the need to bring these As ASQ members, we must do more professionals in the worldwide quality silos together, to talk more with one an- than work on getting certified and provid- workforce as the quality effort mirrors other, and to understand the other sectors’ ing quality products to our customers; the increase in the STEM workforce. Qual- business and customer-focused challenges. ity engineering and advanced STEM conversion / fIguRE 1 Academic progression to STEM degree K-12 education has the challenge of manufacturing are included in students not being college-ready. Higher STEM fields. education has the challenge of low gradu- • Science and engineering are ation rates. Industry has the challenge of seen as the basis for technical Middle/high school outreach College trying to find qualified employees. Because innovation, which improves industry is at the end of the STEM pipeline, economic global competitive- it has the most to gain through collabora- ness. While the percentage of Middle/high school tion with education. natural science and engineerCo-ops/ internships Capstones Industry support of STEM education STEM = science, technology, engineering and mathematics 12 QP • www.qualityprogress.com Industry’s role should be to inspire, ing degrees has remained the mentor and integrate industry quality same in the United States practices with education. The President’s during the past 10 years, other Council of Advisors on Science and Tech- countries have developed nology “Engage to Excel” report encour- education policies to increase aged us to inspire and prepare students for http://www.qualityprogress.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - October 2013

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Perspectives
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
5S Shakeup
For the Greater Good
Turned On
Get There Faster
Career Corner
Standards Outlook
Quality in the First Person
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
Back to Basics

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