Orange County Register
Fueling the STEM Pipeline
Feb. 4, 2014
According to a report issued last year by the National Science Foundation, women, African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians are significantly underrepresented in science and engineering.
Although their participation has shown net increases over the last two decades, a closer look reveals that progress stalled in 2000. Since then, underrepresented minorities’ shares in engineering and the physical sciences degrees have been flat, and participation in mathematics has actually decreased.
For example, black and Hispanic students represented just 7.5 and 7 percent, respectively, of all STEM degrees awarded in the 2008-09 academic year.
While this is hardly a new problem, “STEM degree completion rates along racial and ethnic lines remain stubbornly askew,” according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, despite prior success in boosting underrepresented students acceptance rate to STEM A.A. and B.A. degree programs.
Read President Mildred García’s full column online.