Category Archives: Statistics

STEM OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND MINORITIES

Here’s an interesting article from Online Colleges about STEM opportunities for Women and Minorities.     First it presents the current state data about where we are at in STEM,  the industry need for skilled STEM workers, and recommendations for investments to close gaps.   Interestingly, a2015 article in Time Magazine reported that only 20 cents of every dollar spent towards STEM education goes toward programs below the undergraduate level.  Investing in programs and initiatives to encourage women and minorities to pursue STEM studies at this stage is crucial.  Some of the most successful programs emerging include:

    • After school programs
    • Summer camps
    • Local science centers
    • Mentorship
    • Student clubs
    • AP course availability

The article has more details and links to specific resources.

 

US News Raytheon STEM Index

Interactive data from 2015.   See the Degrees Granted Index and explore number of degrees by Gender and Race.  The High School Interest is also very interesting to explore by Gender.  Males are much higher than females for all STEM areas but science where they are nearly equal.  Almost all of the data in the interactive report can be explored by race and gender; I encourage you to scroll through the document to find what you are looking for.

For data methodology, please visit this link.

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Girls Scouts: Generation STEM – what girls say

Interesting 2011 research study by Girl Scouts  Research Institute, sponsored by Lockheed Martin.   Note that Finding #5 pp 20-24, pointed out significant racial/ethnic group differences.  Specifically, African American and Hispanic girls say they have just as much interest in STEM as Caucasian girls, but they have had less exposure to STEM, less adult support for pursuing STEM fields, lower academic achievement, and greater awareness of gender barriers in STEM professions. However, their confidence and ability to overcome obstacles are high, pointing to the strong role of individual characteristics in STEM interest and perceived ability in these subjects.

Four years later, I wonder how much the picture has changed?

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STEM Connector Study – Women in STEM

In 2014 STEM Connector with TATA Consulting Services produced a Study about Women in STEM – Realizing the Potential.  The study included facts about women and girls in STEM such as differences between numbers of male and female workers,  wage differences,  expected growth, etc.    It also highlighted the need for mentoring and internship programs,  and provided top 10 recommendations to move the needle.  Finally, they also cited Techbridge results as an success story that demonstrates that mentoring works.

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Change the Equation – Vital Signs for Arizona Women

According to a 2013 study by Change the Equation, women were awarded one out of five engineering degrees in Arizona and one out of four computer science degrees.  This is an ongoing trend that is not changing significantly year over year.   

 

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