America is a great nation because from the beginning it was a leader in technology and engineering. (Washington, and Jefferson, were both trained as Engineers.) We have lost that position, and it is beginning to greatly effect the nation.
The “Land Grant” universities were all required to offer classes in two things: Engineering, and Education, because the politicians of the time realized that an educated and discerning electorate was crucial to the success of the republic, and that economic success was completely dependent on Engineers.
It is imperative the nation do all it can to increase the depth, and skills of it’s stem professionals. This act is a very small step in the right direction.