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Chapter 8. State Indicators

Higher Education


Advanced S&E Degrees as Share of S&E Degrees Conferred


Quartiles

Advanced S&E degrees as share of S&E degrees conferred: 2007 (Percent)
 
1st quartile
(45.1% – 25.3%)
2nd quartile
(25.0% – 22.0%)
3rd quartile
(21.9% – 18.4%)
4th quartile
(18.3% – 8.0%)
 
Alabama‡ California Florida Arizona
Alaska‡ Colorado Indiana Arkansas‡
Delaware‡ Connecticut Louisiana‡ Idaho‡
District of Columbia Georgia Minnesota Iowa
Illinois Hawaii‡ Montana‡ Maine‡
Maryland Kansas‡ Nebraska‡ New Hampshire‡
Massachusetts Kentucky‡ Nevada‡ Rhode Island‡
Michigan Mississippi‡ North Carolina South Carolina‡
New Jersey Missouri North Dakota‡ Utah
New Mexico‡ Ohio Oklahoma‡ Washington
New York Pennsylvania Oregon West Virginia‡
Texas Vermont‡ South Dakota‡ Wisconsin
Wyoming‡ Virginia Tennessee
 
‡ EPSCoR state

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



Findings

  • In 2007, more than 150,000 advanced S&E degrees were awarded nationwide. This total represented approximately 26% more degrees than were awarded in 1997. However, the share of advanced degrees remained stable as a percentage of all S&E degrees conferred.
  • In 2007, some states provided more extensive graduate-level technical training, with nearly 34% of their S&E graduates completing training at the master's or doctoral level; other states had much smaller graduate S&E programs, with values as low as 8%.
  • The largest absolute increases in the production of advanced S&E degree holders between 1997 and 2007 occurred in California, Illinois, Texas, and New York.
  • In states with few S&E graduate programs, the number of advanced S&E degrees conferred varies considerably from year to year. Readers should use caution when making annual comparisons for those states with small S&E graduate programs.


Description

This indicator shows the extent to which a state's higher education programs in S&E are concentrated at the graduate level. S&E fields include the physical, earth, ocean, atmospheric, biological, agricultural, computer, and social sciences; mathematics; engineering; and psychology. Advanced S&E degrees include master's and doctoral degrees. Total S&E degrees include bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees but exclude associate's degrees.

The indicator value is computed by dividing the number of advanced S&E degrees by the total number of S&E degrees awarded by the higher education institutions within the state.

Data Table

Table 8-20
Advanced S&E degrees as share of S&E degrees conferred, by state: 1997, 2002, and 2007
 
  Advanced S&E degrees   All S&E degrees   Advanced S&E/
all S&E degrees (%)
State 1997 2002 2007   1997 2002 2007   1997 2002 2007
 
United States 119,428 122,569 150,127   503,939 533,788 626,200   23.7 23.0 24.0
Alabama 1,863 1,991 2,282   7,199 7,160 8,271   25.9 27.8 27.6
Alaska 199 156 235   679 559 725   29.3 27.9 32.4
Arizona 1,787 1,612 1,930   6,743 7,538 11,915   26.5 21.4 16.2
Arkansas 414 476 552   2,917 3,096 3,226   14.2 15.4 17.1
California 12,988 14,942 19,027   56,483 65,685 78,329   23.0 22.7 24.3
Colorado 2,906 3,002 3,209   11,306 12,344 13,320   25.7 24.3 24.1
Connecticut 1,729 1,752 2,136   6,973 7,008 8,586   24.8 25.0 24.9
Delaware 432 389 547   1,929 2,003 2,154   22.4 19.4 25.4
District of Columbia 3,036 3,030 3,558   6,566 7,074 7,889   46.2 42.8 45.1
Florida 3,926 4,454 5,525   17,252 19,736 25,785   22.8 22.6 21.4
Georgia 2,279 2,767 3,272   10,415 12,278 14,646   21.9 22.5 22.3
Hawaii 536 443 552   2,046 2,032 2,385   26.2 21.8 23.1
Idaho 305 306 481   1,677 1,811 2,649   18.2 16.9 18.2
Illinois 6,466 6,786 9,205   21,877 23,368 27,328   29.6 29.0 33.7
Indiana 2,455 2,324 2,880   11,590 11,682 13,541   21.2 19.9 21.3
Iowa 1,137 1,089 1,256   6,560 6,604 7,364   17.3 16.5 17.1
Kansas 1,187 1,135 1,325   5,295 5,424 6,005   22.4 20.9 22.1
Kentucky 972 997 1,601   5,020 5,344 6,470   19.4 18.7 24.7
Louisiana 1,519 1,453 1,672   6,721 7,073 7,629   22.6 20.5 21.9
Maine 221 175 212   2,172 2,300 2,662   10.2 7.6 8.0
Maryland 3,483 3,927 4,886   11,867 13,135 15,800   29.4 29.9 30.9
Massachusetts 6,496 6,760 7,906   21,879 23,196 25,519   29.7 29.1 31.0
Michigan 4,621 4,977 5,557   18,631 19,139 21,374   24.8 26.0 26.0
Minnesota 1,665 1,813 2,252   9,265 9,642 11,534   18.0 18.8 19.5
Mississippi 730 727 838   3,447 3,558 3,817   21.2 20.4 22.0
Missouri 2,751 2,971 3,176   10,603 11,988 12,741   25.9 24.8 24.9
Montana 378 364 443   2,128 2,110 2,291   17.8 17.3 19.3
Nebraska 546 612 742   3,084 3,090 3,793   17.7 19.8 19.6
Nevada 284 278 393   1,218 1,335 2,021   23.3 20.8 19.4
New Hampshire 445 440 472   2,953 2,883 3,321   15.1 15.3 14.2
New Jersey 2,974 3,258 3,957   12,792 14,316 15,624   23.2 22.8 25.3
New Mexico 868 708 854   2,764 2,438 2,863   31.4 29.0 29.8
New York 11,419 11,511 13,543   44,186 44,595 51,276   25.8 25.8 26.4
North Carolina 2,477 2,694 3,421   14,878 15,132 17,325   16.6 17.8 19.7
North Dakota 238 210 312   1,556 1,487 1,644   15.3 14.1 19.0
Ohio 5,370 4,489 5,405   19,687 18,920 21,640   27.3 23.7 25.0
Oklahoma 1,557 1,698 1,357   5,625 5,861 6,185   27.7 29.0 21.9
Oregon 1,284 1,175 1,514   6,145 6,535 7,986   20.9 18.0 19.0
Pennsylvania 5,385 5,614 7,193   26,023 27,674 32,641   20.7 20.3 22.0
Rhode Island 549 566 648   2,914 3,067 3,597   18.8 18.5 18.0
South Carolina 1,004 981 1,079   5,999 6,170 6,981   16.7 15.9 15.5
South Dakota 382 314 416   2,012 1,779 2,029   19.0 17.7 20.5
Tennessee 1,633 1,386 1,620   8,048 8,013 8,802   20.3 17.3 18.4
Texas 7,072 7,164 9,413   27,060 28,592 36,053   26.1 25.1 26.1
Utah 1,077 1,006 1,308   6,434 6,739 7,999   16.7 14.9 16.4
Vermont 334 287 632   2,035 2,119 2,747   16.4 13.5 23.0
Virginia 3,423 3,156 4,126   15,366 15,694 18,369   22.3 20.1 22.5
Washington 2,032 1,903 2,310   10,014 10,350 12,632   20.3 18.4 18.3
West Virginia 472 492 573   2,559 2,732 3,142   18.4 18.0 18.2
Wisconsin 1,852 1,608 2,117   10,390 10,555 12,763   17.8 15.2 16.6
Wyoming 270 201 207   957 825 812   28.2 24.4 25.5
                       
Puerto Rico 498 784 1,133   4,358 5,044 5,202   11.4 15.5 21.8
 

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

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

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010

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