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Education Final 09-15-11 -   3.2.d - High Demand Program Enrollments

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Education Final 09-15-11
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
Action Plan
3.2.d - High Demand Program Enrollments
Are more students majoring in high demand fields of study?
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Data Notes
Data Source: HECB analysis from PCHEES database.
Measure Definition: The number of students at Washington public 4-year institutions selecting the major field of study indicated.
Target Rationale: High demand majors is a leading indicator for future degree awards in high demand fields of study.
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: Strategic Master Plan calls for increases in degree awards in high employer demand fields of study.
Notes: The Evergreen State College does not award any undergraduate degrees in the major fields indicated above.  All undergraduates at Evergreen State major in interdisciplinary studies.
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 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • In fall 2009 there were increases in the number of students majoring in high demand fields of study at public 4-year institutions, as compared to the same period last year.
  • The highest year-over-year increases in 2009 were in computer and information sciences (18%) and math, physical, and biological sciences (11%).
  • The fall 2009 increases show that the public institutions have done a good job retaining program capacity and insulating the high demand programs from the full impact of last year's cuts in higher education funding.  They are also an indication that state investment in high demand and math and science enrollments has increased program capacity in these areas.