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Chapter 8:
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Higher Education
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S&E degrees as share of higher education degrees conferred: 2000 Puerto Rico: 26.2 District of Columbia: 40.7 Maryland: 36.4 Delaware: 31.0 New Hampshire: 31.9 Massachusetts: 32.6 New Jersey: 37.4 Alaska: 30.4 Alabama: 25.2 Arizona: 17.1 Arkansas: 23.7 California: 37.5 Colorado: 38.5 Connecticut: 31.5 Florida: 25.9 Georgia: 28.4 Idaho: 30.7 Illinois: 26.7 Indiana: 27.4 Iowa: 28.6 Kansas: 27.1 Kentucky: 24.4 Louisiana: 26.9 Maine: 33.3 Michigan: 27.5 Minnesota: 28.3 Mississippi: 23.3 Missouri: 25.3 Montana: 34.5 Nebraska: 23.6 Nevada: 25.5 New Mexico: 30.0 New York: 28.8 North Carolina: 31.8 North Dakota: 26.2 Ohio: 26.6 Oklahoma: 28.0 Oregon: 34.3 Pennsylvania: 29.3 Rhode Island: 28.2 South Carolina: 27.9 South Dakota: 32.7 Tennessee: 25.7 Texas: 27.1 Utah: 31.1 Vermont: 35.2 Virginia: 35.0 Washington: 30.3 West Virginia: 24.7 Wisconsin: 29.1 Hawaii: 32.9 Wyoming: 40.5

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Quartile groups for S&E degrees as share of higher education degrees conferred: 2000*
1st Quartile 2nd Quartile 3rd Quartile 4th Quartile
(40.7% - 32.7%) (32.6% - 28.8%) (28.6% - 26.6%) (26.2% - 17.1%)
California Alaska Georgia Alabama
Colorado Connecticut Illinois Arizona
District of Columbia Delaware Indiana Arkansas
Hawaii Idaho Iowa Florida
Maine Massachusetts Kansas Kentucky
Maryland New Hampshire Louisiana Mississippi
Montana New Mexico Michigan Missouri
New Jersey New York Minnesota Nebraska
Oregon North Carolina Ohio Nevada
South Dakota Pennsylvania Oklahoma North Dakota
Vermont Utah Rhode Island Tennessee
Virginia Washington South Carolina West Virginia
Wyoming Wisconsin Texas  
*States in alphabetical order, not data order.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. See table 8-6.

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  • In 2000, nearly 515,000 S&E bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees were conferred nationwide, 20 percent more than in 1990.

  • Throughout the period, S&E degrees represented about 30 percent of higher education degrees conferred nationwide.

  • States ranged from 17 to nearly 41 percent on this measure in 2000.

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This indicator is a measure of the extent that a state's higher education programs are concentrated in science and engineering areas. The indicator is expressed as the percentage of higher education degrees that were conferred in S&E fields. High values for this indicator are from states that emphasize S&E fields in their higher education systems.

S&E includes physical, life, earth, ocean, atmospheric, computer, and social sciences; mathematics; engineering; and psychology. For both S&E degrees and higher degrees conferred, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees are included; associate's degrees are excluded. The geographic location refers to the location of the degree-granting institution. The year is the latter date of the academic year. For instance, data for 2000 are degrees conferred during the 1999–2000 academic year.


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