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Chapter 8. State Indicators

Higher Education


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


Quartiles

Advanced natural sciences and engineering degrees as share of natural sciences and engineering degrees conferred: 2007 (Percent)
 
1st quartile
(42.3% – 26.8%)
2nd quartile
(25.9% – 22.3%)
3rd quartile
(22.1% – 19.8%)
4th quartile
(19.5% – 12.1%)
 
Alaska‡ Florida Idaho‡ Alabama‡
California Georgia Indiana Arizona
Colorado Hawaii‡ Iowa Arkansas‡
Connecticut Kentucky‡ Kansas‡ Maine‡
Delaware‡ Louisiana‡ Montana‡ Minnesota
District of Columbia Mississippi‡ Nebraska‡ North Dakota‡
Illinois Missouri New Hampshire‡ Rhode Island‡
Maryland Nevada‡ Oklahoma‡ South Carolina‡
Massachusetts New Mexico‡ Oregon South Dakota‡
Michigan North Carolina Tennessee Washington
New Jersey Ohio Utah Wisconsin
New York Pennsylvania West Virginia‡ Wyoming‡
Texas Vermont‡
Virginia
 
‡ EPSCoR state

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



Findings

  • In 2007, nearly 94,000 advanced NS&E degrees were awarded nationwide. This total represented approximately 26% more than were awarded in 1997, but the share of advanced degrees remained stable as a percentage of all NS&E degrees conferred.
  • In 2007, some states provided more extensive graduate-level training in NS&E, with nearly 37% of their NS&E graduates completing training at the master's or doctoral level; other states had much smaller graduate NS&E programs, with values as low as 12%.
  • The largest absolute increases in the production of advanced NS&E degree holders between 1997 and 2007 occurred in California and Texas.
  • In states with few NS&E graduate programs, the number of advanced NS&E degrees conferred varies considerably from year to year. Readers should use caution when making annual comparisons for those states with small NS&E graduate programs.


Description

This indicator shows the extent to which a state's higher education programs in natural sciences and engineering (NS&E) are concentrated at the graduate level. NS&E fields include the physical, earth, ocean, atmospheric, biological, agricultural, and computer sciences; mathematics; and engineering. Social sciences including anthropology, economics, political science and public administration, psychology, and sociology are not included. Advanced NS&E degrees include master's and doctoral degrees. Total NS&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 NS&E degrees by the total number of NS&E degrees awarded by the higher education institutions within the state.

Data Table

Table 8-21
Advanced natural sciences and engineering degrees as share of natural sciences and engineering degrees conferred, by state: 1997, 2002, and 2007
 
  Advanced NS&E degrees   NS&E degrees conferred   Advanced NS&E degrees/
NS&E degrees conferred (%)
State 1997 2002 2007   1997 2002 2007   1997 2002 2007
 
United States 74,427 77,551 93,952   300,380 346,643 375,931   24.8 22.4 25.0
Alabama 949 931 1,181   4,971 4,842 6,550   19.1 19.2 18.0
Alaska 134 107 146   440 338 438   30.5 31.7 33.3
Arizona 1,277 1,079 1,258   4,379 5,713 8,569   29.2 18.9 14.7
Arkansas 276 331 378   1,751 2,276 2,112   15.8 14.5 17.9
California 7,205 8,907 11,496   35,241 40,070 42,934   20.4 22.2 26.8
Colorado 2,028 2,147 2,090   6,625 8,100 7,506   30.6 26.5 27.8
Connecticut 1,140 1,182 1,535   3,196 3,296 4,206   35.7 35.9 36.5
Delaware 237 198 323   1,006 996 1,126   23.6 19.9 28.7
District of Columbia 1,243 1,514 1,296   2,963 3,701 3,061   42.0 40.9 42.3
Florida 2,412 2,944 3,562   9,334 11,944 14,494   25.8 24.6 24.6
Georgia 1,544 1,907 2,348   6,366 8,673 10,230   24.3 22.0 23.0
Hawaii 293 242 261   899 976 1,027   32.6 24.8 25.4
Idaho 235 243 380   1,298 1,564 1,846   18.1 15.5 20.6
Illinois 3,817 4,108 4,988   12,308 15,361 17,106   31.0 26.7 29.2
Indiana 1,568 1,471 1,892   7,219 7,967 8,546   21.7 18.5 22.1
Iowa 876 798 977   3,966 4,209 4,739   22.1 19.0 20.6
Kansas 717 691 789   3,572 3,875 3,638   20.1 17.8 21.7
Kentucky 540 612 901   2,960 3,694 4,039   18.2 16.6 22.3
Louisiana 1,069 992 1,216   4,249 4,828 4,730   25.2 20.5 25.7
Maine 165 116 170   1,220 1,331 1,403   13.5 8.7 12.1
Maryland 2,241 2,618 3,312   6,869 8,144 9,891   32.6 32.1 33.5
Massachusetts 3,792 4,050 4,814   11,411 12,634 12,988   33.2 32.1 37.1
Michigan 3,343 3,748 4,073   12,698 13,977 14,726   26.3 26.8 27.7
Minnesota 942 1,121 1,206   4,997 6,909 6,773   18.9 16.2 17.8
Mississippi 510 515 645   2,342 2,528 2,773   21.8 20.4 23.3
Missouri 1,300 1,283 1,637   6,020 7,367 7,301   21.6 17.4 22.4
Montana 283 273 324   1,504 1,669 1,571   18.8 16.4 20.6
Nebraska 372 388 529   2,178 2,350 2,533   17.1 16.5 20.9
Nevada 192 185 283   740 887 1,234   25.9 20.9 22.9
New Hampshire 322 336 349   1,833 2,167 1,726   17.6 15.5 20.2
New Jersey 2,120 2,262 2,543   7,441 9,098 8,513   28.5 24.9 29.9
New Mexico 573 499 571   1,877 1,886 2,201   30.5 26.5 25.9
New York 6,801 6,546 7,685   23,908 26,586 27,486   28.4 24.6 28.0
North Carolina 1,736 1,997 2,513   8,388 9,629 10,947   20.7 20.7 23.0
North Dakota 179 156 236   1,053 1,115 1,208   17.0 14.0 19.5
Ohio 3,369 2,789 3,361   12,290 13,512 14,240   27.4 20.6 23.6
Oklahoma 728 798 894   3,688 3,862 4,170   19.7 20.7 21.4
Oregon 808 777 925   3,014 3,470 4,220   26.8 22.4 21.9
Pennsylvania 3,409 3,649 4,586   15,787 18,537 20,083   21.6 19.7 22.8
Rhode Island 339 374 408   1,691 2,017 2,231   20.0 18.5 18.3
South Carolina 774 741 771   4,121 4,598 4,486   18.8 16.1 17.2
South Dakota 256 198 243   1,336 1,371 1,405   19.2 14.4 17.3
Tennessee 1,059 864 1,079   4,638 4,651 5,157   22.8 18.6 20.9
Texas 4,925 5,089 6,545   18,346 21,547 24,382   26.8 23.6 26.8
Utah 719 666 956   3,749 4,380 4,707   19.2 15.2 20.3
Vermont 106 121 294   964 1,045 1,320   11.0 11.6 22.3
Virginia 2,309 2,041 2,530   8,669 9,768 10,747   26.6 20.9 23.5
Washington 1,313 1,299 1,381   5,897 7,277 7,364   22.3 17.9 18.8
West Virginia 319 332 409   1,516 1,817 2,067   21.0 18.3 19.8
Wisconsin 1,392 1,180 1,527   6,634 7,232 8,433   21.0 16.3 18.1
Wyoming 171 136 136   818 859 748   20.9 15.8 18.2
                       
Puerto Rico 204 354 462   3,439 4,082 3,636   5.9 8.7 12.7
 

NS&E = natural sciences and engineering

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

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