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Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Report to Congress

The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) that advises the National Science Foundation (NSF) on policies and programs to encourage full participation by persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans), persons with disabilities, and women within all levels of America's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enterprise has released its most recent biannual report to Congress. The report recommends that NSF should implement a bold new initiative, focused on broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM that emphasizes institutional transformation and system change. The report explicitly calls, in effect, for an anchor institutions approach, involving higher education-school-community partnerships, as a means for broadening participation for all groups across all levels of schooling. Specifically, this initiative might include several multisite, geographically-based, national experiments of foundational and implementation research involving universities, schools, and communities.