A program that aims to graduate a critical mass of Hispanics in the STEM disciplines is examined.
Although a rich and diverse population, Hispanics make up a disproportionate share of the nation's high school dropouts, a trend that is increasing at an alarming rate across the country. This fact imperils not just the future of the Hispanic community but of our nation's global competitiveness. In March 2013, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) assembled a panel of experts to discuss industry STEM occupational needs, recruitment and retention strategies and action plan for priming the STEM pump. This program aims to initiate a nationwide discussion to frame questions concerning the need to recruit and graduate a critical mass of Hispanics in the STEM disciplines.