In the mid 1980s, the state of Illinois, recognizing that the nation was on the verge of unprecedented technological advances and a sharply increased need for highly skilled leaders, founded the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy®. Twenty years later, the national demand for science and technology leaders has never been greater. The National Academies new report - Rising Above the Gathering Storm and the President's American Competitiveness Initiative address the growing concern that the U.S. is losing its competitive advantage as countries abroad invest heavily in the education and training of scientists and engineers. The report and the initiative call for increased commitments in scientific research and in mathematics and science education programs.
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, "2004-05 Annual Report, IGNITING TALENT AND LEADERSHIP FOR OUR STATE, NATION AND WORLD" (2005). Annual Reports. 17.