NASA's Education Programs Are Still Broken

NASA OIG Audit: NASA's Education Program

"NASA's Office of Education has taken steps to improve its management of the Agency's diverse education portfolio ... However, the Office's efforts have been hampered by an outdated strategic framework and a lack of long-term goals upon which to evaluate the success of NASA's education activities. Specifically, the Office of Education did not update a 2006 framework document to align with the priorities outlined in the Agency's 2014 Strategic Plan until July 2015. Furthermore, the updated framework did not include measurable long-term goals that address the Nation's need to increase the number of students who earn advanced degrees in preparation for STEM careers. ... In addition, a lack of timely and comprehensive management information has adversely impacted the Office of Education's ability to effectively monitor program accomplishments and accurately report NASA contributions to the Administration's STEM education goals. ... in contrast to Federal guidance, NASA risks funding a fragmented portfolio of activities. We believe the Office of Education could reduce this risk by emphasizing coordination and consolidation as a priority in the initial stages of the competition and subsequently engaging the Centers to identify common themes."

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