|Quartile groups for S&E
degrees as share of higher education degrees conferred: 2000*
|(40.7% - 32.7%)
||(32.6% - 28.8%)
||(28.6% - 26.6%)
||(26.2% - 17.1%)
|District of Columbia
|*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.
- 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.
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.