[Letter from H. Braughn Taylor to James R. Miller, June 3, 1987] Page: 2 of 4
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June 3, 1987
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY EXECUTIVE SUMMARY EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
A PROPOSAL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TEXAS ACADEMY
OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE AT NORTH TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
To assure that the State of Texas will have an ample supply of engi-
neers and scientists to meet its technological needs in the 21st century, it
is proposed that the Texas Legislature establish and fund a Texas Academy of
Mathematics and Science on the North Texas State University campus.
Rationale and Need
For the first time since the 1930s, economic growth in Texas has
stalled. New jobs must be created in the state if it is to continue to
prosper as it has in the past. There is a strong linkage between investment
in education, technological innovations, economic growth and jobs. To
revitalize and diversify its economy, Texas must make a strong commitment to
education and research.
A major impediment to achieving growth in knowledge-based, high-tech
industries is the lack of mathematics and science programs in Texas public
schools which have the capacity to prepare students to enter fields such as
engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology. Except for
computer science, college degrees granted in these fields have fallen by
more than 50 percent in the last decade. Studies on the mathematical
competence of the top 10 percent of 18-year-olds in 10 different countries
found American students to be last in calculus, algebra and other areas of
mathematics. A contributing cause to the poor performance of American
students in mathematics and science is the well documented shortage of
adequately prepared teachers in the public schools. Moreover, Texas high
school students rank 45th out of 50 states on average college entrance
examination scores. The establishment of the Texas Academy of Mathematics
and Science would assure the state that its brightest and best students
would be adequately prepared to pursue degrees in fields that will
contribute to the economic growth of the state.
Description of the Texas Academy
The Texas Academy would be a public, residential, coeducational,
tuition-free institution for Texas students who have a high interest and
potential in'science and mathematics. Two-hundred Texas high school
sophomores with outstanding college entrance examination scores would be
recruited annually for admission to the program in their junior year. These
students would complete their last two years of high school and first two
years of college concurrently. Students selected for the Academy would
undertake a rigorous academic program based in the sciences and mathematics,
augmented by a strong and varied humanities curriculum. The academic
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