An article recently published by OnlineUniversities.com pointed to some startling facts about the current state of minorities, including women, in STEM, the studies of science, technology, engineering and math. According to the piece, “despite major changes in American demographics over the past few decades, there has been far less change in the background of students who choose STEM majors, with little diversity both in gender and in racial and ethnic background…While efforts are being made to increase diversity in STEM degree programs and careers, the stats of today are disheartening and showcase the need for increased attention to the lack of bright young minority students in all STEM occupations.” Following are some highlights from the article; the accompanying infographic is below.
- 73% of scientists and engineers are white.
- African-Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 24 account for 34% of the total U.S. population, but earn only 12% of all undergraduate degrees in engineering.
- The gap between educational achievement in STEM grows even wider at the graduate level.
- Minority students report the desire to go into a STEM major at the same rate as their white and Asian peers.
- Minority STEM grads are less likely to use their STEM degrees in a future career than their white or Asian counterparts.
- Most foreign-born STEM workers come from Asia.
- California has the largest gap between minorities and STEM degree achievement.
- While the overall percentage of 24-year-olds in the United States with STEM degrees is 6%, it’s just 2.7% among African-Americans and 2.2% for Latinos.
- More minorities switch to another major when enrolled in a STEM program.
- Minorities experience large gaps in honors course enrollments.
For the full article, click here: http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/06/10-startling-stats-about-minorities-stem/