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1 Texas Engineering & Technical Consortium Engineering an Innovative Future

2 Texas Engineering & Technical Consortium TETC unites industry-academia-government to develop and support collaborative, innovative approaches to graduate more U.S. engineers and computer scientists in Texas. Simply stated, we are working to reverse current trends to graduate more high-quality engineers and computer scientists who look like Texas. To accomplish this, we are focused on improving:  Retention  Recruitment  Outreach  Curriculum

3 Workforce Worries: A Snapshot The looming shortage of U.S. engineering and computer graduates:  Jeopardizes the high-tech industry  Threatens the state and national economy  Risks sending lucrative jobs out of state and overseas

4 Workforce Worries: What’s at Stake Today, the Texas high-tech industry 1 :  Employs 446,000 Texans  Provides a $30.4 billion payroll  Represents 30% of the state’s total exports  Ranks 2nd in nation in high-tech employees & exports Texas ranked third in undergraduate engineering and computer science degrees awarded in (Sources: (1) Cyberstates 2005, American Electronics Association; (2) 2004 Engineering Workforce Commission report, American Association of Engineering Societies, Inc.)

5 Workforce Worries: Higher Demand Nationwide employment for engineers and computer scientists will grow a projected 36% through (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics) Retirements loom, with half of the current degreed engineering and science workforce over the age of 40. (Source: National Science Foundation)

6 Workforce Worries: Short Supply Nationally, enrollment in computer science declined by more than 60 percent just between 2000 and (Source: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA, 2005) Fewer than 5% of the 1.1 million high school students taking the ACT in 2002 planned to pursue engineering degrees. Of those:  Only 18% were women  Just 13% were African-American  Merely 7% were Hispanic (Source: Maintaining a Strong Engineering Workforce, ACT policy report, 2003)

7 Global Competition: U.S. is Slipping As other nations aggressively seek to surpass the U.S., our nation risks losing our legacy of innovation and global leadership.  China graduates nearly four times the number of engineers as the U.S.  European Union members award 2.5 times the engineering degrees as the U.S. (Source: National Science Foundation, 2000 data)  The number of engineering and science doctoral degrees from grew: 81% in the United Kingdom 39% in Germany Only 19% in the United States  About half the advanced degrees in engineering and science in the U.S. are awarded to foreign nationals. (Source: “Losing the Competitive Advantage,” American Electronics Association, 2005)

8 Your Future: Succumb? Basic economics predict labor costs will rise in U.S. Foreign talent may no longer be a safe fallback:  U.S. immigration policies  International relationships and conflicts  Opportunities available in homeland Off-shoring poses long-term threat to national security Relocation is expensive, impractical, unpopular

9 Or Take Action: Baylor University Lamar University Midwestern State University Prairie View A & M University Rice University Sam Houston State University Southern Methodist University St. Mary's University Stephen F. Austin State University Tarleton State University Texas A&M University Texas A&M University at Commerce Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi Texas A&M University at Kingsville Texas A&M University at Texarkana Texas Southern University Texas State University - San Marcos Texas Tech University Texas Woman's University University of Houston University of Houston at Clear Lake University of Houston at Downtown University of Houston at Victoria University of North Texas University of Texas at Austin University of Texas at Arlington University of Texas at Brownsville University of Texas at Dallas University of Texas at El Paso University of Texas Pan American University of Texas Permian Basin University of Texas at San Antonio University of Texas at Tyler West Texas A&M University

10 Proactive Solutions: Reversing Trends The Texas Engineering & Technical Consortium is taking action to reverse the trends and restore the strength of the U.S. engineering and computer science workforce in Texas.

11 Tangible Results: More Graduates Between , Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Degrees Increased at a Significantly Higher Rate at Schools Receiving TETC Grants Bachelors Degrees at Texas Schools Receiving TETC-TWD Grants 2001 (before program began): Awarded 995 computer science degrees & 867 electrical engineering degrees 2004 (3 rd year of program): Doubled computer science degrees to 2158 & increased electrical engineering degrees to 1123 National Information: Engineering Workforce Commission of the AAES, 2004 Percentage Change from Bachelor’s Degrees

12 Tangible Results: Helping Students From , TETC Technology Workforce Development (TWD) Grants benefited:  3,700 students through recruitment efforts  3,900 students through retention efforts  3,400 students through mentoring efforts  800 students through programs aimed at underrepresented students  3,000 potential students and teachers through high school and community college outreach  Many more through curriculum modernization and improvement TETC-TWD schools have increased the number of electrical engineering graduates by 30 percent since TETC-TWD schools have doubled the number of computer science graduations since 2001.

13 Performance Measurement & Oversight Matching Funds Proactive Solutions: Strength Through Collaboration TETC unites intellectual, financial and strategic resources to graduate more high-quality U.S. engineers and computer scientists who look like Texas, through:  Retention  Recruitment  Outreach  Curriculum  Replication of Best Practices Advisory Board

14 Proactive Solutions: Where the Money Comes From Texas Engineering & Technical Consortium Financials (Updated August 30, 2005) Industry Cash$4.0 million Industry In-kind $1.1 million Federal Appropriations$4.0 million State Matching$7.7 million Total$16.8 million

15 Proactive Solutions: Where the Money Goes TETC Technology Workforce Development Grants Grant Awards to 25 schools$14.6 million (Grants provided to Texas engineering & computer science programs) Industry In-Kind Contributions.8 million (Industry donations of lab equipment and software) Total TETC Grants:$15.4 million

16 Attracting Students: Enrollment Enrollment numbers show Texas is doing better than rest of nation: Enrollment in computer science nationwide declined 60 percent from (Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA) Computer science enrollment at TETC-TWD schools declined 40 percent from (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) After years of decline, electrical engineering enrollment has not lost ground since initiation of TETC. (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) But there is much more to do.

17 TETC companies are determining investment for the next biennium. TETC is working on federal appropriations TETC is working with Governor’s Office on Emerging Technology Fund Matching Ongoing industry commitment is the key to maintaining momentum and continued success Ongoing Solutions: The Future


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