Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics make up the STEM program that America has backed and supported since approximently 2005. As government and education began to address the apparent decline in interest and job opportunities in these subjects, they proactively sought to change curriculum and the workforce. This project will look at how Texas State's master's program in Science and Engineering are doing in regards to this program.
Since 2011, Texas State's College of Science and Engineering has added two new master's programs with Engineering being their newest addition. Though data does not exist for this fresh program, which opened in Fall 2014, it is already showing how it will change STEM studies. Graduate Admissions Specialist in The Graduate College, Mr. Mark Burrow, says "Texas State University’s newest addition of a Masters of Engineering program has set up the city of San Marcos as the next powerhouse for STEM-based research and support along the I-35 corridor. While the degree program is still in its infancy, scholars of industrial, electrical, and manufacturing engineering have started to build a foundation for qualified STEM-bound programs and their students at the high school and undergraduate levels and are expected to pave the way for further development of the growing Central Texas region. Momentum gained from the program’s successes and research will expand on the region’s tech-heavy focus into broader areas of mathematics, physics, manufacturing, and infrastructure development, ultimately, becoming a new haven for STEM programs and their supporters."
By hovering over the map above, you will see the difference in enrollment by continent. With North America pulling in the majority of enrollment, it's important to note that Asia is catching up and not that far behind. It will be interesting to note how the increase in interest in Science and Engineering programs at Texas State will increase enrollment in this area over the years.
It may not be surprising that male interest has dominated in the Science and Engineering realm, but that does not mean female interest is non-existent. As you can see from the chart, women have pulled ahead slightly in 2011, but have since been overshadowed my male enrollment in these programs. According to CAREERwise Education, the problem is not companies not wanting to hire women (which it's actually the opposite), but that there are other challenges like lack of female mentors or acceptance of others.
Even President Obama has spoken out in regards to women in the STEM fields saying: “One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”
The topics chart shows Degrees Awarded, Enrollment (overall) and International enrollment within the College of Science and Engineering master's programs.
Degrees Awarded: This college may not be disbursing diplomas by the truckload but they have seen some increase despite the dip in 2015. This should pick up with the new Technology Management and Engineering program. Sources say there is even a doctoral program in the works for Computer Science so that may also play a part in a future increase.
Enrollment: Overall enrollment calls to question how the 2015 fiscal year may not add when compared to degrees awarded. As some say, "That's just bad math." With 2015 being the highest enrollment, one would think the degrees awarded would strive to match that but it actually ends up being the lowest count in degrees awarded.
International: Probably one of the most telling of all the data is that of the International enrollment. As the chart shows, international enrollment has progressively increased over the last five years. This is also expected to increase with the emerging program of Engineering.
Fiscal Year Data: