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Education Final 09-15-11 -   3.2.b - High Demand Baccalaureate Degrees

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Education Final 09-15-11
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
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3.2.b - High Demand Baccalaureate Degrees
Are our public institutions producing more baccalaureate degrees in high demand fields of study?

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Data Notes
Data Source: From NCES IPEDS data.
Measure Definition: Total number of high employer demand baccalaureate degrees awarded by public 4-year institutions.
Target Rationale: Measure effectiveness of high demand enrollment funding.
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: Objective identified in Strategic Master Plan for Higher Education.

Meets demand for skills and reduces business recruitment costs.

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 Summary Analysis

  • Baccalaureate degree production in high demand fields exceeds the overall growth in baccalaureate degrees. Since 2002-03, our public institutions have produced 35% more baccalaureate degrees in high demand fields of study.  By comparison, total public baccalaureate degree growth over the period was 11%.
  • The largest increases since 2002-03 have been in health sciences (69%), and in engineering technology (65%).
  • Degree production in computer and information sciences has fluctuated over time and in 2009-10 returned to the 2002-03 level.