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American Innovation Proclamation


We, the leaders of American business and higher education, call on Congress to act quickly on an innovation agenda that will ensure continued U.S. competitiveness, enabling Americans to succeed in

the global economy.


Innovation leadership creates high-wage jobs and rising incomes for Americans. Innovation drives productivity and economic growth, giving American workers the tools to remain the most productive in

the world and creating products, processes—and even new industries—that expand employment and boost living standards.


The United States has remained the world’s innovation leader through a commitment to basic research, a world-class workforce and a climate that rewards innovation. But America cannot rest

on past economic success. Our competitors are investing in innovation, improving their competitive position and, in some respects, surpassing us.


Therefore, Congress must act to:


Renew America’s commitment to discovery by doubling the basic research budgets at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy’s Office of Scienceand the Department of Defense;


Improve student achievement in math and science through increased funding of proven programs and incentives for science and math teacher recruitment and professional development;


Welcome highly educated foreign professionals, particularly those holding advanced science, technology, engineering, or mathematics degrees, especially from U.S. universities, by reforming U.S. visa policies;


Make permanent a strengthened R&D Tax Credit to encourage continued private-sector innovation investment. We, the signatories, hereby proclaim our support for these initiatives and stand ready to do our part.


Craig Barrett


Intel Corporation


Arthur F. Ryan

Chairman & CEO

Prudential Financial, Inc.


Charles O. Holliday, Jr.

Chairman & CEO



Richard K. Templeton

President & CEO

Texas Instruments


Harold McGraw III

Chairman, President & CEO

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


Nicholas M. Donofrio

Executive Vice President,

Innovation & Technology

IBM Corporation


Carl F. Kohrt

President & CEO



Norman R. Augustine

Former Chairman & CEO

Lockheed Martin Corporation


Robert C. Dynes

President, University of California

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American Innovation Proclamation Signatories



21st Century Learning Solutions

AAJ Technologies

Acutek, Inc.

Adobe Systems Incorporated

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

AeA (American Electronics Association)

Agere Systems

Agilent Technology

Altera Corporation

AMCO Plastic Materials, Inc

American Association of Physics Teachers

American Association for Crystal Growth

American Astronomical Society

American Chemical Society

American Council on International Personnel

American Educational Research Association

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

American Mathematical Society

American Physical Society

American Psychological Association

The American Physiological Society

American Society of Agronomy

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society for Engineering Education

American Society of Plant Biologists

Amplify Communications


Applied Materials, Inc.

Arizona Association of Industries


ASM International

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Association of American Universities

Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities

Association for Psychological Science

ASTRA, The Alliance for Science & Technology Policy

Avancent Consulting Corporation

Avanex Corporation

Axian, Inc.


The Babcock & Wilcox Company


Bay Area Economic Forum

Bayer Corporation

BearingPoint Inc.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Biophysical Society

Business-Higher Education Forum

Business Roundtable


Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

California Institute of Technology

Carnegie Mellon University

Caterpillar Inc.

Center for Accelerating Innovation

Center for Audit Quality

Center for National Software Studies

Citrix Systems, Inc.

The City College of New York (CCNY)

The City University of New York

Click Bond, Inc.

Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation

CoCo Communications

Columbia University

The Commerce Bank of Oregon

Compete America

Computing Research Association

Computing Technology Industry Association

Concero Technology

Consortium of Social Science Associations

Cornell University

Council on Competitiveness

Council of Graduate Schools

Cray Inc.

Crop Science Society of America


Cyveillance Inc.

Data and Search Institute

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP

Deming & Pisano LLC

DeVry University -- Central Florida

The Dow Chemical Company

Dow Corning Corporation

Duke University

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Eastman Chemical Company


E&E Manufacturing Co. Inc.

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eeParts, Inc.


Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA)

Eli Lilly and Company

Endwave Corporation

Energy Sciences Coalition

Eng3 Corporation

Enpria, Inc

Enterprise Development Corp. of South Florida

Esterline Corporation

Expandable Software, Inc.

Fairchild Semiconductor

Federation of American Societies for

Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Federation of Materials Societies

Frequency Electronics, Inc.

Frye Electronics, Inc.

Gartner Inc.

Geological Society of America

Georgia Institute of Technology


Global Illumination World Wide LLC.


Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Harvard University


IBM Corporation


Immigration Solutions

Indiana University

Industrial Research Institute

Infineon Technologies North America Corp.


Information Technology Industry Council

Infotonics Technology Center, Inc.


Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Iowa State University


ISCO International

IS Squared, Inc.

Jazz Semiconductor

The John Hopkins University

JVC America, Inc.

Keane, Inc.

Konica Minolta

Kotura, Inc


LSI Logic Corporation

Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY)

Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Materials Research Society

Mathematical Association of America

The McGraw-Hill Companies

Mercury Computer Systems

Message Runner Inc.

Michigan State University

Micron Technology, Inc

Microsoft Corporation

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS)

MI Technologies

Mobility Electronics, Inc.

Mote Marine Laboratory,Inc

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Assocation

NAI Realvest

NASULGC, A Public University Association

National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML)

National Association of Manufacturers

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

National Center for Technological Literacy

National Council for Advanced Manufacturing

National Electrical Manufacturers Association

National Foreign Trade Council

National Science Teachers Association

National Semiconductor Corp.

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

New Jersey Center for Software Engineering

New York Structural Biology Center

New York University

North Carolina State Chamber of Commerce

North Carolina State University

Northern Illinois University

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northwestern University

The Ohio State University

ON Semiconductor Corporation

Optoelectronics Industry Development Association


Oregon State University

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Quantum Leaders, Inc

Panasonic Corporation of North America

Pariveda Solutions

The Pennsylvania State University

Pipeline Group, Inc.

Printing Industries of America

Procter & Gamble


Quality Float Works, Inc.

QuickLogic Corporation

RAE Systems

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Ryder System, Inc.

SAP America


The Science Coalition

Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)

Semiconductor Industry Association

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Society for Research in Child Development

Society of Women Engineers

Software & Information Industry Association

Soil Science Society of America


Southeastern Universities Research Association

Southwest Area Manufacturers Association


The State Chamber of Olklahoma

Stony Brook University, SUNY Stony Brook

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Synopsys, Inc.

TAEUS International Corp.

Tapping America's Potential

Task Force on the Future of American Innovation

Technology CEO Council

The Technology Network (TechNet)

Tektronix, Inc.

Texas A&M University

Texas Instruments

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Tirraappendi, Inc.

Tulane University

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

University of Arkansas

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Irvine

University of Central Florida

University of Chicago

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

University Economic Development Association

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Illinois

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Nebraska

The University of North Carolina

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rochester

University of Southern California

University of Southern California,

Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

University of Southern Maine

The University of Tennessee

The University of Texas System

The University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Utah Manufacturers Association

Valicore Technologies, Inc.

Vanderbilt University

Vermeer Manufacturing Company

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Washington University in St. Louis

Whirlpool Corporation

Winland Electronics Inc.

Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network

Zebra Technologies

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On July 2005, 15 prominent business organizations signed on to "Tapping America's Potential," agreeing to work toward this goal.


The warning signs had been growing for some time. Numerous organizations were telling the same story: American students are falling behind in math and science. Fewer and fewer students are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and American students are performing at levels far below students in competitor nations on international standardized tests in these subjects. Meanwhile, international students educated in America are facing misguided immigration policies that hamper their ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the United States.


Other countries are gaining ground. China not only graduates four times as many engineers as the United States, but it also offers lucrative tax breaks to attract companies to conduct research and development (R&D) in the country. By 2010, 90% of the world's engineers will live in Asia.


The organizations, representing the largest and most innovative companies in America, recognized the need for a solution, and decided upon this ten year goal.


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Eighth-grade mathematics lessons in Japan, Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, the Netherlands, and Switzerland placed a greater emphasis on introducing new content (ranging from 56 to 76 percent of lesson time) than the United States who tends to put more emphasis on reviewing previous content. In the United States least 63 percent of problems per lesson of low procedural complexity. At the other end of the scale, up to 12 percent of problems per lesson, on average, were of high procedural complexity. In Japan, 39 percent of problems per lesson were of high procedural complexity, a greater percentage than in any of the other six countries. Japanese eighth-grade mathematics lessons contained a higher percentage of problems per lesson that were mathematically related (42 percent) than lessons in any of the other countries. Moreover, Japanese lessons contained a lower percentage of problems per lesson that were repetitions (40 percent) than those in any of the other countries. In all of the countries except Japan, at least 65 percent of the problems per lesson, on average, were identified as repetitions of the preceding problem. In the United States a greater percentage of problems per lesson were presented as using procedures than either making connections or stating concepts. While in Japan there was no detectable difference in the percentage of problems per lesson that were presented as using procedures compared to those presented as making connections.


In U.S. eighth-grade mathematics lessons, a smaller percentage of making-connections problems were solved in a way that actually made the connections among mathematical facts, procedures, and concepts evident during classroom discussions than in the other countries.


One way that teachers can help students identify the key mathematical point of a lesson is to describe the goal of the lesson. To be included in the analysis, a goal statement about a specific mathematical topic to be covered during the lesson had to be explicitly written or said by the teacher.Play Video for Czech Republic Across all seven countries, a higher percentage of eighth-grade mathematics lessons in the Czech Republic contained goal statements (91 percent) than in all the other countries except Japan. Dutch lessons included the fewest goal statements of any of the countries (21 percent).


A second way to help students recognize key ideas in a lesson is a summary statement at the end of a lesson.Play Video for Japan For all the countries, summary statements were less common than goal statements. Lesson summaries were identified in at least 21 percent of eighth-grade mathematics lessons in Japan, the Czech Republic, and Hong Kong SAR, and in 10 percent of lessons in Australia. In the other countries where reliable estimates could be calculated, between 2 and 6 percent of lessons included summary statements. After an individual mathematics problem has been solved, teachers might also summarize the points that the problem illustrates. On average, mathematics teachers in Japan summarized a higher percentage of problems per lesson (27 percent) than in any of the other countries.


Average mathematics scale scores of eighth-grade students, by country: 2003


International average 466


Singapore 605

Korea, Republic of 589

Hong Kong 586

Chinese Taipei 585

Japan 570

Belgium-Flemish 537

Netherlands2 536

Estonia 531

Hungary 529

Malaysia 508

Latvia 508

Russian Federation 508

Slovak Republic 508

Australia 505

United States 504


Lithuania4 502

Sweden 499

Scotland2 498

(Israel) 496

New Zealand 494

Slovenia 493

Italy 484

Armenia 478

Serbia4 477

Bulgaria 476

Romania 475

Norway 461

Moldova, Republic of 460

Cyprus 459

(Macedonia, Republic of ) 435

Lebanon 433

Jordan 424

Iran, Islamic Republic of 411

Indonesia4 411

Tunisia 410

Egypt 406

Bahrain 401

Palestinian National Authority 390

Chile 387

(Morocco) 387

Philippines 378

Botswana 366

Saudi Arabia 332

Ghana 276

South Africa 264



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