Higher Ed Matter of Fact: Matter of Fact: Independent Colleges and Universities Launch Black and Hispanic Students into STEM Fields

News Date: 2/17/2016


  • New York State's Independent Sector leads in the production of degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), accounting for 56 percent of bachelor's and 72 percent of graduate degrees.
  • In 2013-14, 49 percent of Black and 54 percent of Hispanic engineering students earned their bachelor's degrees at Independent Sector campuses, while 46 percent of Black and 55 percent of Hispanic students in biological and biomedical sciences earned their bachelor's degrees at Independent Sector campuses.[1]
  • Jobs in STEM fields tend to pay more than non-STEM jobs, and Black and Hispanic workers in STEM fields often earn a higher wage advantage in STEM jobs than other demographic groups (29 percent and 31 percent, respectively).[2]






[1] National Center for Education Statistics
[2] U.S. Census Bureau