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For years, educators have heard dire warnings about a supposed decline in the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduates from U.S. colleges and universities, and the effect this could have on the nation's global competitiveness. Now, a new study suggests the problem might be different in nature than originally assumed.

The number of STEM graduates from U.S. schools continues to exceed the number of hires in these fields each year, the report says. Yet,...

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