U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) last week introduced legislation to ensure the nation's universities meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing by strengthening engineering programs.
The Manufacturing Universities Act of 2015 directs the Department of Commerce to designate 25 universities as manufacturing universities in an effort to better align educational offerings with the needs of advanced manufacturers. Each university would $5 million per year for four years.
Resources provided to the universities would be used to enhance the schools' efforts to prioritize engineering and manufacturing programs related to certain industries.
"This is an incredibly important issue for our states' institutions of higher education and manufacturing industries," Graham said. "I look forward to working on additional, innovative ways to ensure our manufacturing sector thrives and maintains its international competitiveness in the years to come."
This bipartisan legislation has been endorsed by Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the Precision Metalforming Association, the National Tooling & Machining Association, the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, the University of Missouri System, the University of Illinois, the University of California Davis, the University of California Irvine, Boston University, the University of Rochester, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the State University of New York System, Kent State University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Connecticut, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, Dow, DuPont and Siemens.