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NASA Advisory Council Elevates Education Committee Status

By Keith Cowing
November 1, 2018
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NASA Advisory Council Elevates Education Committee Status

Keith’s note: At its last meeting in September 2018 the NASA Advisory Council adopted this recommendation:
“Elevating the Status of the Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education. Recommendation: The Council recommends that the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education should become a regular committee of the NAC. Major Reasons for the Recommendation: A regular committee of the NAC that focuses on STEM engagement, and is made up of representatives from key stakeholder groups, will provide a set of diverse perspectives from difference constituent groups about trends and current events in the national STEM movement. Consequences of No Action on This Recommendation:
– The institutional knowledge developed by the current NAC Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education over the last 43 months will be lost.
– The Terms of Reference for the NAC Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education indicate that with no extension or formalization, the Task Force dissolves in November 2018.”

On 26 October 2018 NASA Administrator Bridenstine sent a letter to NAC Chair Lester Lyles with the following response to this recommendation:
“NASA Response: NASA concurs with the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) recommendation to elevate the NAC Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education to become a regular committee of the NAC. To that end, BASA is in the process of formally amending the NAC CHarter to reflect this change. The name of this committee will be the STEM Engagement Committee. This change will tak effect immediately upon the signature of the NASA Administrator to the amended NAC Charter.”

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