The STEM Crisis: Reality or Myth?

The STEM-Crisis Myth 1

Alison Yin for The Chronicle

Norman Matloff, a computer-science professor at the U. of California at Davis: "We have a surplus of homegrown STEM workers. We've had it in the past and we're likely to have it in the future."

It's an acronym that has morphed into a meme.

For the United States to maintain its global supremacy in innovation, the commonplace goes, the nation must crank out more and more college graduates in STEM programs—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Otherwise a continuing shortage of workers in those fields will sink the nation and its economy beneath the surface of an ever-flatter world, overrun by lower-paid foreigners who have