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STEM Defined: Understanding the Implications of STEM Classifications Systems Mary Moore and Tracie Sapp AIR, Long Beach, California May 2013
Discussion Topics • Introduction to UGA • Campus STEM Initiatives • STEM Classification Systems • Enrollment & Degrees in STEM • Next Steps • Lessons Learned
University of Georgia • Located in Athens, Georgia • Flagship institution of University System of Georgia • Land Grant/Sea Grant institution • Facilities • Over 14 million sf of assignable space
University of Georgia, cont’d • Enrollment • Undergraduate: 26,259 • Graduate/Professional: 8,260 • FTE: 33,119 • Degrees Conferred: 9,542 • Faculty • 1,735 full-time professorial faculty
University of Georgia, con’d • 17 academic schools/colleges • College of Engineering, July 2012 • Medical Partnership with Georgia Regents University, 2009 • College of Public Health, July 2008 • Odum School of Ecology, July, 2007
University of Georgia, cont’d • Academic Degree Programs • 25 Bachelor degrees in 141 major fields • 33 Master degrees in 113 major fields • 1 Ed. Specialist degree in 18 major fields • 4 Doctoral degrees in 89 major fields • 3 Professional degrees in Law, Vet Med, & Pharmacy
UGA STEM Initiatives • Complete College America • Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) • Race to the Top • Complete College Georgia • Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PSLSAMP)
UGA STEM Initiatives cont’d • 2020 UGA Strategic Plan • University System of Georgia STEM Initiative • Office of STEM Education • Division of Biological Sciences, Howard Hughes Institute (HHI) Grant Application
STEM Classification Systems • Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE) • National Science Foundation (NSF-LSAMP) • National Center for Educational Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (NCES-IPEDS)
STEM Classification Systems cont’d • Dept. of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE) • Contains 422 programs (6-digit) in 22 disciplines • Broadest definition – revised/expanded in 2012 • Includes programs in Agriculture, Nat. Resources, Communications, Education & Psychology • International STEM graduates may remain additional 17 mo. optional practical training (OPT)
STEM Classification Systems cont’d • National Science Foundation (NSF-LSAMP) • Definition used in PSLSAMP • Contains 224 programs (6-digit CIP) in 12 disciplines • Includes Agriculture and Natural Resources • Does not include Health Professions and Related Programs • Broader definition than IPEDS
STEM Classification Systems cont’d • National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES-IPEDS) • Provides extensive benchmarking opportunities • Contains 242 programs (6-digit CIP) in 10 disciplines • Narrowest definitions considered
Number and % of STEM Majors by Degree Level * Includes Educational Specialist Degree
Enrollment in Stem • Fall Enrollment • 13 Fall terms (2000 – 2012) • Degree Level • Bachelor’s Degree • Master’s Degree (including Educational Specialist) • Doctoral Degree (PhD, DMA, DrPH, EDD) • STEM vs. Non-STEM • Designate as STEM or Non-STEM in each of three definitions (DHS-ICE, NSF-LSAMP, NCES-IPEDS)
Degrees Conferred in Stem • Degrees Conferred • 13 Fiscal Years (2000 – 2012) • Degree Level • Bachelor’s Degree • Master’s Degree (including Educational Specialist) • Doctoral Degree (PhD, DMA, DrPH, EDD) • STEM vs. Non-STEM • Designate as STEM or Non-STEM in each of three definitions (DHS-ICE, NSF-LSAMP, NCES-IPEDS)
Next Steps • Evaluate additional subjects • Student Retention • Space management • Classroom/Class Lab utilization • Square footage • Faculty • Salaries • Attrition • Facilitate Campus Discussion
Lessons Learned • Peer comparisons are currently limited to IPEDS only. • Gained an understanding of why IPEDS definition is not a “good fit” for UGA. • Recognized the impact on the institution and state when using limited IPEDS definition.
Lessons Learned cont’d • Campus-wide and perhaps system-wide discussion greatly needed. • Institutional initiatives will benefit from a comprehensive and cohesive approach to defining STEM. • Consider ways to influence changes in STEM system definitions.
Sources And ContactInformation STEM Definition Sources: DHS: http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/stem-list.pdf NSF: https://www.lsamp.org/help/help_stem_cip_2010.cfm IPEDS: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011226 Mary Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org Tracie Sapp, email@example.com http://www.oir.uga.edu/oirpres.html Office of Institutional Research, UGA, 706.425.3183