Chapter 8: State Indicators

Higher Education

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Quartiles | Findings | Description

S&E degrees as share of higher education degrees conferred: 2003

S&E degrees as share of higher education degrees conferred: 2003

S&E Degrees as Share of Higher Education Degrees Conferred: 2003.


S&E degrees as share of higher education degrees conferred: 2003*

1st Quartile
2nd Quartile
3rd Quartile
4th Quartile
California Alaska Delaware Alabama
Colorado Connecticut Florida Arizona
District of Columbia Georgia Idaho Arkansas
Maine Hawaii Illinois Kentucky
Maryland Iowa Indiana Mississippi
Massachusetts New Hampshire Kansas Missouri
Montana New Mexico Louisiana Nebraska
New Jersey North Carolina Michigan Nevada
Oregon Pennsylvania Minnesota Ohio
Utah Rhode Island New York Oklahoma
Vermont South Dakota North Dakota 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 8-15.

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  • In 2003, more than 564,000 S&E bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degrees were conferred nationwide; since 1993, S&E degrees have represented about 30% of all higher education degrees.

  • There is a significant difference in the emphasis that states place on technical higher education. In some states, nearly 40% of their degrees are awarded in S&E fields; in others, fewer than 20% of their degrees are awarded in these fields.

  • The District of Columbia has a high value of 43% because of the large S&E graduate programs in political science and public administration at several of its academic institutions.

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This indicator is a measure of the extent to which a state’s higher education programs are concentrated in science and engineering fields. 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 fields include physical, life, earth, ocean, atmospheric, computer, and social sciences; mathematics; engineering; and psychology. For both S&E degrees and higher education degrees conferred, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are included; associate’s degrees are excluded. Geographic location refers to the location of the degree-granting institution and does not reflect the state where students permanently reside. The year is the latter date of the academic year. For example, data for 2003 represent degrees conferred during the 2002–03 academic year.

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