Wednesday, March 23, 2011

STEM degrees holding steady

From 2008 to 2009, Kentucky held onto its percent of students earning bachelor's degrees in STEM subjects.   That is, 2,460 of the 19,996 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2008-09 were in natural sciences, computer sciences, and engineering--compared to 2,412 of 19,639 the previous year.  

Over the same period, the national STEM percentage slipped slightly, and Kentucky's ranking among the 50 states moved up slightly from 45th to 44th.  

The results below were calculated using data from the Digest of Education Statistics, using both the 2010 and 2009 editions


  1. Wondering how many of those STEM graduates actually got a job. Since we want to increase graduates in those areas, I'm guessing there must be data that shows a clear shortage in graduates.

  2. Do we have data on how many of these STEM graduates were able to get STEM jobs? Since there is such a focus on these subjects in Kentucky and across the country, my guess would be that there is data available indicating a shortage of such jobs.


Updates and data on Kentucky education!