|Quartile groups for advanced
S&E degrees as share of science and engineering degrees conferred: 2000*
|(46.8% - 25.0%)
||(25.0% - 20.5%)
||(20.5% - 17.9%)
||(17.5% - 8.0%)
|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 8-7.
- In 2000, about 120,000 advanced S&E degrees were awarded, approximately
20 percent more than in 1990.
- Total S&E degrees rose at a comparable rate, leaving the national percentage
of advanced S&E degrees stable at about 23 percent of S&E degrees
- The indicator underwent considerable change for some states, shifting in
both directions. States ranged from 8 to 33 percent on this indicator in 2000.
- The District of Columbia was an outlier at 47 percent.
- States that emphasize advanced S&E training are not necessarily the
same as those that emphasize bachelor's-level S&E education; only half
the states in the top two quartiles on one indicator appear in the top two
on the other.
This indicator shows the extent to which a state's higher education programs
in science and engineering are concentrated at the graduate level. High values
for this indicator are from states that emphasize graduate-level S&E training.
S&E includes physical, life, earth, ocean, atmospheric, computer, and
social sciences; mathematics; engineering; and psychology. Advanced S&E
degrees include master's and doctoral degrees. "All degrees" includes bachelor's,
master's, and doctoral levels. Associate's degrees are excluded from this indicator.