SPECIAL EDITION: Requesting Public Input for BHEW Studies


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Requests for Public Input


We are excited to announce two new portals for public input on important discussions in higher education and workforce.


Committee on the Next Generation Researchers Initiative

Our consensus study on supporting the next generation of biomedical and behavioral researchers released a Dear Colleague Letter and requests input on the barriers that the next generation of researchers will face as they aspire to and maintain independent research careers.

Open Until October 1, 2017

Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century

Our consensus study on STEM graduate-level education in the U.S. wrote a Discussion Document about the input they have received from various stakeholders on competencies that might serve as core educational elements or goals at both the master’s and Ph.D. levels and invites your comments and reactions.

Open Until September 22, 2017


If you are interested in learning more about these studies, please join our webcast of two sessions on Bold Visions for the Future of Science and Perspectives on Postdoctoral Researchers, hosted on September 14, 2017 from 1:30 - 5:00pm PST / 4:30 - 8:00pm EST.




A Public Policy Statement

In addition to the two public input portals, the Board on Higher Education and Workforce invites your input on our Public Policy Statement. We recognize that the economic and social challenges we face today require more creative, adaptable, and team-oriented workers and citizens than ever before—and that our nation’s college and universities must ensure that preparing students to thrive after graduation remains the primary focus of higher education.  As such, we have prepared this discussion document as a way to help us consider our overall agenda in the years ahead, and as a way to share preliminary ideas and invite feedback on potential topics.  Our hope is that BHEW can assume a visible leadership role in measuring and understanding the value of public and private investments in higher education—for the benefit of all.  




About the Board on Higher Education and Workforce


Our nation’s economic competitiveness, security, and health depend to a large extent on the education and employment of the scientific, engineering, and medical workforce. At the National Academies, the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) works to promote the strength and sustainability of higher education and the scientific, engineering, and medical workforce by providing evidence-based recommendations to policymakers, business executives, and academic leaders. Specifically, the mission of BHEW is to:

  • Analyze issues in higher education that affect our ability to meet national economic, social, and security goals;
  • Enhance the education, training, and career readiness of undergraduate and graduate-level students who aspire to be scientists, engineers, and health care professionals;
  • Connect higher education with the labor market to ensure the development of a knowledgeable, experienced, and well-rounded science and engineering workforce; and
    Improve the participation and success of women and underrepresented groups in science, engineering and medicine.



Convocation on Research Universities
With grant support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, BHEW is organizing a national convocation focused on our nation’s Research Universities all day on November 15, 2017 in the National Academy of Sciences Kavli Auditorium. The convocation will be a five-year follow-up to the 2012 BHEW consensus report, Research Universities and the Future of America. The intent of the convocation is to call attention to several of the vital recommendations from that report that have yet to be implemented, such as strengthening university-government partnerships (both the federal government and state governments), increasing university-industry collaboration in research, and securing the full benefits of higher education at research universities for all students, especially those from underrepresented groups. We will be collaborating with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Association of American Universities, the Business Roundtable, and others to bring many voices to the table to discuss issues facing research universities. 




BHEW Board Members


Richard K. Miller [NAE],Chair
Olin College of Engineering

Lawrence D. Bobo [NAS]
W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social
Sciences Louisiana State University
Department of Sociology
Harvard University

Angela Byars-Winston
Professor of Medicine
University of Wisconsin—Madison

Jaime L. Curtis-Fisk
Scientist and STEM Education Program
Leader The Dow Chemical Company

Aprille Ericsson
Capture –Mission- Manager
NASA Goddard Space Flight

Richard Freeman
Herbert Ascherman Professor of
Economics Harvard University

Paul J. LeBlanc
Southern New Hampshire University

Sally F. Mason
President Emerita
University of Iowa

Francisco Rodriguez
Los Angeles Community College

Subhash Singhal [NAE]
Battelle Fellow Emeritus
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Kumble R. Subbaswamy
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Shelley Westman
Senior Vice President,
Alliances & Field Operations

Mary Woolley [NAM]
President and CEO
Research! America


BHEW Staff


Austen Applegate
Senior Program Assistant

Ashley Bear
Program Officer

Lida Beninson
Program Officer

Frazier Benya
Program Officer

Jaime Colman
Senior Program Assistant

Maria Lund Dahlberg
Associate Program Officer

Leigh Miles Jackson
Senior Program Officer

Irene Ngun
Research Associate

Tom Rudin

Layne Scherer
Program Officer