Policy makers and philanthropists have a new resource in the effort to increase the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math, reports the Associated Press: An online tool developed by the Business-Higher Education Forum with help from Ohio State University debuted Sept. 27. The new tool allows people to see what combinations of policies might create the most interest in such degrees and careers, such as retaining more teachers or starting an elementary science club. More than 200 research variables are included in the model, which was developed by Raytheon Co. A national push is on to double the number of graduates in the STEM fields by 2015. The new tool is available free of charge, and state-level data will be available for the first time for Texas, Arizona, California, Maine, and Florida.
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