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Advanced S&E degrees as share of S&E degrees conferred: 2000 Puerto Rico: 15.3 District of Columbia: 46.8 Maryland: 29.8 Delaware: 20.4 New Hampshire: 13.0 Massachusetts: 29.1 New Jersey: 22.4 Alaska: 32.0 Alabama: 25.9 Arizona: 25.0 Arkansas: 15.4 California: 24.5 Colorado: 24.8 Connecticut: 24.8 Florida: 22.2 Georgia: 21.0 Idaho: 18.2 Illinois: 29.8 Indiana: 21.8 Iowa: 16.0 Kansas: 22.4 Kentucky: 18.4 Louisiana: 20.4 Maine: 8.0 Michigan: 26.0 Minnesota: 17.2 Mississippi: 18.5 Missouri: 25.4 Montana: 17.5 Nebraska: 19.6 Nevada: 23.1 New Mexico: 26.6 New York: 25.0 North Carolina: 18.0 North Dakota: 12.5 Ohio: 25.0 Oklahoma: 33.1 Oregon: 18.7 Pennsylvania: 20.5 Rhode Island: 16.9 South Carolina: 16.2 South Dakota: 16.4 Tennessee: 18.6 Texas: 25.5 Utah: 16.4 Vermont: 18.3 Virginia: 20.5 Washington: 17.9 West Virginia: 19.9 Wisconsin: 16.1 Hawaii: 24.6 Wyoming: 24.7

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Quartile groups for advanced S&E degrees as share of science and engineering degrees conferred: 2000*
1st Quartile 2nd Quartile 3rd Quartile 4th Quartile
(46.8% - 25.0%) (25.0% - 20.5%) (20.5% - 17.9%) (17.5% - 8.0%)
Alabama Arizona Delaware Arkansas
Alaska California Idaho Iowa
District of Columbia Colorado Kentucky Maine
Illinois Connecticut Louisiana Minnesota
Maryland Florida Mississippi Montana
Massachusetts Georgia Nebraska New Hampshire
Michigan Hawaii North Carolina North Dakota
Missouri Indiana Oregon Rhode Island
New Mexico Kansas Tennessee South Carolina
New York Nevada Vermont South Dakota
Ohio New Jersey Virginia Utah
Oklahoma Pennsylvania Washington Wisconsin
Texas Wyoming West Virginia  
*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.

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  • 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 conferred nationwide.

  • 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.

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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.


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