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Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

Field of degree: Minorities

Despite considerable progress over the past 2 decades, the gap remains wide in educational attainment separating underrepresented minorities from whites and Asians. In general, underrepresented minorities are less likely than whites and Asians to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and earn a college degree. Among underrepresented minorities who do graduate from college, the overall degree patterns are similar to those of whites. Asians are more likely than whites and underrepresented minorities to earn a college degree in a science and engineering (S&E) field. Although whites' share of S&E degrees has declined over the past 2 decades, whites continue to earn a majority of degrees in all broad S&E fields.