This page contains reports and analyses regarding broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — STEM. To help you navigate this page, the reports are organized into four categories.
CEOSE biennial reports to Congress
The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Education, or CEOSE, advises the U.S. National Science Foundation on how to advance its policies and activities to encourage full participation of underrepresented groups in the STEM enterprise. The committee releases biennial reports to Congress to convey these recommendations.
In this report, the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering recommends the National Science Foundation demonstrate and promote bold leadership actions to create, integrate and make visible elements within and across its programs to enhance broadening participation of underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM.
In this report, CEOSE advises NSF to give increased attention to including diverse community voices across its research and education portfolios through community-driven projects. They suggest NSF fund research that focuses on building inclusive, community-engaged STEM communities to promote STEM participation on the ground and at all ages, as well as reap the scientific benefit of the insights of people from diverse settings, neighborhoods and circumstances in the innovation cycle.
In this report, CEOSE recommends developing an accountability framework for assessing the development of the bold new initiative advocated for in its first two reports and for assessing NSF's overall broadening participation portfolio.
In a follow-up to their previous report, the committee recommends five practical components to further strengthen broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM.
In this report, CEOSE recommends NSF implement a bold new initiative, focused on broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM, similar in concept and scale to NSF's centers, that emphasizes institutional transformation and system change; collects and makes accessible longitudinal data; defines clear benchmarks for success; supports the translation, replication and expansion of successful broadening participation efforts; and provides significant financial support to individuals who represent the broadened participation sought by NSF.
NSF reports on broadening participation, inclusion and access
Throughout the years, NSF has developed reports that help to address issues important to broadening participation in STEM. Some of these reports are in response to CEOSE recommendations or developed by groups at the agency. NSF grantees have also developed relevant reports.
NCSES reports and analyses
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics is a principal statistical agency located within NSF. NCSES collects, interprets, analyzes and disseminates data on the science and engineering enterprise. The center provides statistical information about STEM participation of underrepresented groups through reports and digests. Two of their latest reports are below.
Selected NASEM consensus study reports
NSF and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics, or NASEM, conduct workshops and studies, which result in consensus study reports. Some of these reports address specific topics regarding underrepresentation in STEM.
For further information concerning NSF's Broadening Participation programs, please contact:
Dr. Alicia J. Knoedler
U.S. National Science Foundation