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Chapter 8. State Indicators

Higher Education


S&E Degrees as Share of Higher Education Degrees Conferred


Quartiles

S&E degrees as share of higher education degrees conferred: 2007 (Percent)
 
1st quartile
(53.3% – 34.5%)
2nd quartile
(34.3% – 30.9%)
3rd quartile
(30.8% – 28.0%)
4th quartile
(27.9% – 18.0%)
 
California Alaska‡ Alabama‡ Arizona
Colorado Connecticut Delaware‡ Arkansas‡
District of Columbia Georgia Florida Kansas‡
Maryland Hawaii‡ Idaho‡ Kentucky‡
Montana‡ Maine‡ Illinois Louisiana‡
New Jersey Massachusetts Indiana Minnesota
North Carolina Nevada‡ Iowa Mississippi‡
Oregon New Hampshire‡ Michigan Missouri
South Dakota‡ New Mexico‡ New York Nebraska‡
Utah Pennsylvania Ohio North Dakota‡
Vermont‡ Texas Oklahoma‡ Tennessee
Virginia Wisconsin Rhode Island‡ West Virginia‡
Washington South Carolina‡
Wyoming‡
 
‡ EPSCoR state

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. See Data Table.



Findings

  • In 2007, nearly 686,000 S&E bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees were conferred nationwide, an increase of nearly 27% during the past decade.
  • The proportion of S&E degrees as a share of total degrees conferred did not show any substantial changes between 1997 and 2007.
  • There are noteworthy differences in the proportions of technical higher education degrees conferred in different states. In some states, more than 40% of higher education degrees were awarded in technical fields. In others, only about 20% of higher education degrees were awarded in technical fields.
  • States in which the highest percentages of higher education degrees were conferred in technical fields tended to be located in the western United States.
  • The District of Columbia has a high value because of the large number of programs in political science and public administration at several of its academic institutions.


Description

This indicator is a measure of the extent to which a state's higher education programs are concentrated in S&E fields. The indicator is expressed as the percentage of higher education degrees that were conferred in S&E fields.

S&E fields include the physical, earth, ocean, atmospheric, biological, agricultural, computer, and social sciences; mathematics; engineering; and psychology. Counts of both S&E degrees and higher education degrees conferred include bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees; associate's degrees are excluded.

Degree data reflect the location of the degree-granting institution, not the state where degree-earning students permanently reside. The year indicates the end date of the academic year. For example, data for 2007 represent degrees conferred during the 2006–07 academic year.

Data Table

Table 8-17
S&E degrees as share of higher education degrees conferred, by state: 1997, 2002, and 2007
 
  S&E degrees   All higher education degrees   S&E/higher education degrees (%)
State 1997 2002 2007   1997 2002 2007   1997 2002 2007
 
United States 538,702 597,517 685,914   1,636,726 1,811,202 2,138,003   32.9 33.0 32.1
Alabama 7,801 7,747 9,920   28,678 29,034 32,207   27.2 26.7 30.8
Alaska 684 561 750   2,009 1,828 2,261   34.0 30.7 33.2
Arizona 7,244 8,667 13,463   30,255 42,697 74,778   23.9 20.3 18.0
Arkansas 2,930 3,385 3,440   11,577 12,740 14,835   25.3 26.6 23.2
California 66,347 77,904 89,947   151,485 176,513 204,838   43.8 44.1 43.9
Colorado 11,427 13,308 13,729   28,304 31,388 35,981   40.4 42.4 38.2
Connecticut 7,153 7,294 9,052   21,300 22,939 27,781   33.6 31.8 32.6
Delaware 2,005 2,084 2,325   5,660 6,583 7,642   35.4 31.7 30.4
District of Columbia 7,068 7,555 8,287   15,872 16,468 20,489   44.5 45.9 40.4
Florida 17,551 20,934 27,510   65,429 73,988 91,561   26.8 28.3 30.0
Georgia 10,725 13,605 16,566   37,793 42,480 49,495   28.4 32.0 33.5
Hawaii 2,128 2,129 2,511   6,533 6,211 7,330   32.6 34.3 34.3
Idaho 2,038 2,305 2,859   5,656 6,245 9,614   36.0 36.9 29.7
Illinois 22,100 25,141 30,055   80,243 89,307 101,537   27.5 28.2 29.6
Indiana 12,127 12,833 14,442   39,188 44,005 51,564   30.9 29.2 28.0
Iowa 6,704 6,879 7,893   21,926 23,706 25,698   30.6 29.0 30.7
Kansas 6,065 6,388 6,552   20,074 20,728 23,943   30.2 30.8 27.4
Kentucky 5,299 6,154 7,218   19,669 21,825 27,152   26.9 28.2 26.6
Louisiana 6,843 7,322 7,767   23,565 26,491 28,224   29.0 27.6 27.5
Maine 2,236 2,408 2,733   6,686 7,145 8,532   33.4 33.7 32.0
Maryland 12,177 13,859 16,932   32,362 35,601 41,936   37.6 38.9 40.4
Massachusetts 22,537 24,538 26,363   66,594 71,260 78,421   33.8 34.4 33.6
Michigan 19,809 20,938 23,006   62,669 70,717 75,304   31.6 29.6 30.6
Minnesota 9,619 11,243 12,571   29,990 33,450 45,085   32.1 33.6 27.9
Mississippi 3,602 3,887 4,294   13,823 15,619 16,438   26.1 24.9 26.1
Missouri 10,841 12,813 13,515   39,902 46,834 53,828   27.2 27.4 25.1
Montana 2,240 2,327 2,450   5,706 6,340 6,509   39.3 36.7 37.6
Nebraska 3,420 3,663 4,115   12,629 14,190 15,765   27.1 25.8 26.1
Nevada 1,266 1,503 2,267   4,726 5,489 7,279   26.8 27.4 31.1
New Hampshire 3,212 3,626 3,725   9,772 9,486 11,207   32.9 38.2 33.2
New Jersey 13,725 16,083 16,851   34,345 39,686 46,676   40.0 40.5 36.1
New Mexico 2,981 2,724 3,302   8,835 8,402 9,748   33.7 32.4 33.9
New York 48,004 50,423 55,360   146,034 155,906 185,736   32.9 32.3 29.8
North Carolina 15,028 16,470 19,022   43,477 46,754 55,071   34.6 35.2 34.5
North Dakota 1,587 1,570 1,731   5,417 5,777 7,042   29.3 27.2 24.6
Ohio 20,918 21,879 24,410   69,154 73,784 82,584   30.2 29.7 29.6
Oklahoma 6,541 6,808 7,442   20,001 21,531 24,244   32.7 31.6 30.7
Oregon 6,359 6,828 8,387   17,733 19,139 23,655   35.9 35.7 35.5
Pennsylvania 27,575 30,717 35,314   84,854 95,111 113,396   32.5 32.3 31.1
Rhode Island 3,132 3,430 3,875   10,558 11,359 12,724   29.7 30.2 30.5
South Carolina 6,550 7,255 7,649   20,179 22,023 25,841   32.5 32.9 29.6
South Dakota 2,128 1,962 2,204   5,512 5,493 6,386   38.6 35.7 34.5
Tennessee 8,172 8,425 9,272   28,733 32,004 36,576   28.4 26.3 25.3
Texas 29,744 33,844 40,387   97,090 108,049 130,830   30.6 31.3 30.9
Utah 6,984 7,793 8,787   18,920 21,496 23,993   36.9 36.3 36.6
Vermont 2,183 2,264 2,880   5,517 6,003 7,042   39.6 37.7 40.9
Virginia 16,270 17,956 20,679   42,316 44,555 53,981   38.4 40.3 38.3
Washington 10,761 12,292 14,026   30,499 31,971 37,541   35.3 38.4 37.4
West Virginia 2,629 2,927 3,239   10,548 11,413 13,707   24.9 25.6 23.6
Wisconsin 10,986 11,684 13,691   34,805 37,284 41,842   31.6 31.3 32.7
Wyoming 1,247 1,183 1,149   2,124 2,155 2,154   58.7 54.9 53.3
                       
Puerto Rico 4,896 5,715 5,620   15,811 19,433 22,734   31.0 29.4 24.7
 

NOTES: S&E degrees include bachelor's, master's, and doctorate. S&E degrees include physical, computer, agricultural, biological, earth, atmospheric, ocean, and social sciences; psychology; mathematics; and engineering. "All higher education degrees" includes bachelor's, master's, and doctorate.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (various years).

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010

Source Data
 

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010   Arlington, VA (NSB 10-01) | January 2010