American Sentinel University’s Chief Academic Officer Says STEM Skills Key to Addressing Challenges of 21st Century

– Colleges and Universities Play an Important Role for the U.S. to Develop a World-class STEM Workforce –

AURORA, Colo. – July 15, 2013 – American Sentinel University’s chief academic officer, John Bourne, Ph.D., recently addressed fellow education innovators about the crucial areas in higher education at HBCUs Connected: Executive Leadership Forum two-day event held in June at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md. and affirmed that America needs a world-class science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) adept workforce to address the challenges of the 21st century in health care, technology, business and innovation.

During his presentation, ‘The Challenge, STEM, Pedagogy and Suggestions,’ Bourne discussed how a growing number of industries require stronger STEM skills, yet America’s production of graduates that have mastered STEM has sunk to historic lows in recent years.

Bourne, a prominent education innovator who established the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) in 1996 with Support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, says the U.S. simply doesn’t have enough highly educated technical workers to fill in-demand jobs.

The answer is for colleges and universities play an important role for the U.S. to meet these challenges head-on, says Bourne.

“Innovative educators can help meet America’s need to develop a world-class STEM workforce by building partnerships with businesses and other colleges and universities to promote STEM education,” says Bourne.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are the largest organization of black college alumni, students and supporters and recently, The White House Initiative recognized the significant contributions which HCBUs have made to the nation.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities play an important role in educating and developing America’s future workforce,” says Bourne.

He says that colleges and universities can enhance the role HCBUs play in meeting America’s STEM education goals by partnering with them and offering best-in-class online education technology and empowering technology degree programs and courses.

“A skilled workforce in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math is paramount to the U.S. competing in a global marketplace and the ability to educate STEM professionals will be key to our continued success,” adds Bourne.

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About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online degree programs in health care, information technology and business. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Its bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  American Sentinel University and their faculty offers years of experience in online education and a next generation learning platform focused on student learning and outcomes. Degree programs offered at American Sentinel that support STEM education include Master of Health Care Informatics (MHCI), Master of Science Computer Science (MSCS), Master of Science Information System (MSIS) and Master of Geospatial Information Systems (MGIS).