Programs Date:January 10, 1994, pp.1

Report warns of inadequate oversight and ineffective planning and management of the growing number of federal initiatives
Science education specialists are endorsing a recently released report by a top-level advisory panel warning that, despite unprecedented government spending on science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) education, the United States "remains at risk of losing its competitive edge." The experts join the report's call for significantly revamped planning, coordination, and evaluation of the federal government's programs in these areas.

In compiling The Federal Investment in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education: Where Now? What Next? the 15-member panel, convened by the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology (FCCSET), surveyed some 300 education programs sponsored by 13 federal departments and agencies. The initiatives the panel examined were identified as "core programs," or those relating directly to SMET education, and funded at a total cost of...

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