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Slide Words: Ratio of S & E Bachelor's Degrees to 24-Year-Olds

Slide Image: A bar graph for the year 2000 shows the percent of 24-year-olds who are receiving science and engineering Bachelor's degrees in the United States.

The left (vertical) axis lists the following from top to bottom:
Total, Male, Female, Whites, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Underrepresented minorities, Black, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native
The bottom (horizontal) axis is labeled “Degrees per 100 24-year olds” and is numbered 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
The words "Year 2000" are in a box in the top right corner.

The bar graph shows the following degrees per 100 24-year olds:
Total: around 5.7
Male: around 6.5
Female: around 4.3
Whites: around 6
Asian/Pacific Islanders: around 15.8
Underrepresented minorities: around 2.2
Black: around 2.2
Hispanic: around 2.1
American Indian/Alaskan Native: around 3.9

The inset into the main graph is a small line graph entitled, "White 24-year-olds: 1985-2020".
The left (vertical) axis of this graph shows the percent from 0 to 80.
The bottom (horizontal) axis represents the years from 1985 to 2020.
This graph shows a line descending from around 75 percent in 1985 to around 58 percent in 2020.

Credit: Division of Science Resources Statistics, National Science Foundation

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