The number of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) certificates and degrees conferred at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities hit a record high for the 2013-14 academic year.
According to the latest Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Degrees Conferred in Oklahoma Higher Education report, more than 6,000 students received certificates and degrees in STEM disciplines from Oklahoma public colleges and universities in the 2013-14 academic year. This is a 28 percent increase in graduates over the last five years.
The largest number of STEM degrees awarded in 2013-14 was in engineering at 23 percent, closely followed by biological/biomedical, which accounted for 17.9 percent of the total STEM degrees awarded. The number of degrees awarded in computer and information science has nearly doubled in the last five years.
“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are key ingredients to a brighter future in Oklahoma. This trend of producing more graduates in STEM fields is exciting and vitally important, and has been emphasized through Gov. Mary Fallin’s annual STEM Summit, a business and educator forum to advance STEM in our state,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Forbes magazine recently ranked Oklahoma second in the nation among best states for recent college graduates to work since the recession. This report underscores that our state system of higher education is succeeding in its mission to produce more college graduates who are prepared to compete in today’s economy.”
During the 2013-14 academic year, more than 35,000 certificates and degrees were awarded by state colleges and universities, a 3.2 percent increase from the 2012-13 academic year.
The number of bachelor’s degrees conferred increased from 15,950 in 2012-13 to 16,588 in 2013-14, representing a 4 percent increase. Associate degrees increased 3.2 percent – from 10,864 to 11,212 – during the same time period.
During the 2013-14 academic year, more than 5,000 students received master’s degrees in a variety of fields. The report shows that 487 students earned doctoral degrees, while 929 others received professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.