Scientific Research Needs a Radical Restructuring: An Exploitative System has Made STEM Unappealing to Would-be Academics

February 29, 2024

New op-ed by Professor Hal Salzman published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

For decades, politicians, policymakers, and industry leaders have told a disturbing narrative: an inferior educational system, this account goes, prevents many young Americans from entering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, weakening the nation’s innovation and scientific enterprise. The resulting talent shortage, it reasons, can only be overcome by admitting larger numbers of foreign nationals who have the required skills. But this narrative misrepresents what actually drives large numbers of capable, ambitious, well-educated Americans away from STEM fields and toward careers in business, law, medicine, and other non-academic endeavors: a university labor system that exploits would-be scientists.

Authors Hal Salzman and Beryl Lieff Benderly discuss this subject in a newly released opinion piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read more.

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