Why an Ex-Mayor Sees Minority Students as Assets for Globally Competitive Businesses

R.T. Rybak, a former mayor of Minneapolis who is now executive director of Generation Next: “We need to truly believe that diversity is an asset. We are sitting on a global gold mine if we do this right.”

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Google Diversity Numbers: White, Asian Men Dominate Tech Jobs

From the ASEE e-newsletter. I hope NEU helps change these statistics! Applications for our first degree (Master of Engineering in Big Data) in collaboration with UNH will open soon. Stay tuned!

USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/30, Weise) reports on the low number of women and minorities among the Silicon Valley workforce, calling it “a funhouse mirror image of the American workforce, which is 47% female, 16% Hispanic, 12% black and 12% Asian, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.” Google released its diversity numbers this week. The numbers show that “1% of its tech staff are black,” 2% are Hispanic, and 34% are Asian, In addition, 83% “of Google’s tech workers internationally are male.” USA Today notes that experts say a reason for this may be that white and Asian men “are more likely to have access and take advantage of technical schooling that leads to jobs at tech firms than historically disadvantaged minorities.”

The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/30) reports that Google head of personnel Laszlo Bock cited “a shortage of” female and minority students “majoring in computer science or other technical fields in college,” quoting him saying, “There is an absolute pipeline problem.” However, the AP reports that “the educational choices of some minorities don’t entirely account for the lack of diversity at technology companies,” noting that Google also employs thousands of workers in non-technical fields such as sales.

The NPR Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/30, Hu) “All Tech Considered” blog and the Christian Science Monitor Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/30, Mendoza) run similar coverage.

US News Report Details Shortage of STEM Students

US News & World Report Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/23) reports that it is releasing a new “STEM index” in conjunction with Raytheon indicating that “student aptitude for and interest in” STEM subjects “has been mostly flat for more than a decade, even as the need for STEM skills continues to grow.” The article calls the report “the first comprehensive index that measures the key factors relating to STEM jobs and education,” and notes that there has been “some upward movement, particularly in the actual number of STEM degrees granted at the undergraduate and graduate levels.” However, US News reports that the overall numbers suggest “that the education pipeline to fill the current and future jobs that will require STEM skills still isn’t producing enough talent.”

[from the ASEE.org e-newsletter]