Ohio independent colleges efficiently prepare students for degrees in STEM fields.
Ohio independent colleges continue to produce more than their share of graduates in fields important to the economy and the quality of life of the state.
Large proportions of Ohio high school graduates showing interest, whether direct or indirect, in science, technology, medical and health, engineering, or mathematics are not ready for college-level study in those areas.
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Those who expect to earn a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, or math need to carefully examine the success rates of the institutional sector they choose.
As they have for many years, Ohio's independent colleges contribute more than their share of bachelor's degrees in areas of study important to the state's future.
Newly available federal data show that independent colleges in Ohio continue to produce large shares of bachelor's degrees in key fields of study.
Although bachelor's degrees overall in the U.S. increased by one third during the last decade, degrees in STEM did not keep pace - including a 10 percent drop in degrees in computer science - and degrees in education actually fell.
Among the problems in focusing workforce development on STEM (i.e. science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are that less than a third of high school seniors express interest in the field, and of these nearly half are not proficient enough in mathematics to pursue advanced study.
As always, Ohio's independent colleges contribute more than their share to degrees in fields vital to the state's future.
Bachelor's degrees in STEM fields awarded in Ohio have grown 20 percent in the last decade.
Once again, federal data on graduations demonstrate how Ohio's independent colleges outperform public universities in producing degrees in areas critical to the state's future: even in engineering, where just a handful of AICUO's members awarded degrees in 2009-10.
Over the long term, women have earned a growing share of bachelor's degrees in the "STEM" - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - fields. However, the growth has been unevenly distributed among the STEM disciples.
In the last decade, independent colleges awarded 28,281 bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, 35 percent of Ohio's total.
New federal data on graduations continue to show the disproportionate production of independent colleges in producing degrees in areas critical to the future of Ohio: even in engineering, where just nine of AICUO's 52 members offer degrees.
In all "STEM" fields, Ohio's independent colleges are the more efficient sector in graduating their majors.
Ohio independent colleges shine in graduating scientists, engineers, artists, linguists...
Even engineers, as only a handful of independent colleges can afford to offer engineering programs, and one of every five of Ohio's bachelor's degrees in that area come from our members.