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STEM Success by Numbers


OVERALL: DIVERSIFYING STEM DEGREES

  • 1st in awarding baccalaureate degrees to minorities, incl. Hispanics in the continental US.

  • 1st in awarding STEM degrees to underrepresented minorities.

  • In 2012-2013, FIU awarded 1,312 STEM bachelor’s degrees, 76% of which were awarded to underrepresented minorities.

  • awarded over 51,433 degrees to under-represented students over the last decade (2000-2010)

  • 72% of FIU 2012-13 degrees were awarded to minorities

  • 24% of FIU students are first generation in college, Fall 2013

  • 2nd highest Hispanic 6 yr graduation rate in country 47%

  • 1st in producing bachelors in life sciences (biological and biomedical sciences) and 15th in Grad Math Degrees

  • 2nd highest Hispanic 6 yr graduation rate in country for HSI’s 47%

PHYSICS MODEL: PEER-LED, ACTIVE LEARNING DRIVING EDUCATION REFORM

  • 384% increase in the number of intended and declared physics majors since 2002-03.

  • 220% increase in the number of physics graduates since 2002-03.

  • 169 Physics majors in 2012-13 (doubled since 2007-08)

  • Significantly increased success in introductory physics courses for all students by almost 40%

  • Teachers see a factor of 2.3 improvements in students learning gain when compared to traditional teachers (per Force Concept Inventory (FCI).

  • Since 2008, FIU has graduated 15 students prepared to teach physics, 3 which are prepared to teach both physics and mathematics; the first in over a decade

  • Over 120 teachers have participated in professional development to learn peer-led, active learning model with an estimated impact on over 20,000 high school students each year. (80% local)

ENGINEERING: UPWARD TRENDS FOR THE COUNTRY, REGION

  • Although national trends show a ten-year decline in African-Americans earning bachelor’s degrees in engineering, FIU has seen a 65% increase in bachelor’s degrees and 42% overall increase in all engineering degrees during the last 10 years.

  • 1st in awarding BS Engineering degrees to Hispanics in the continental US

  • 8th in awarding BS Engineering degrees to African Americans; 1st in FL

  • 10th in country, percentage of doctoral degrees to women, 32.3%

  • 4th in producing BS Degrees in Computer Science; 2nd largest producer in FL.

  • 9th in faculty productivity in the US (Ratio of BS Degrees Relative to Faculty Size)

  • College of Engineering and Computing is among the 20 largest engineering programs in the US.

  • among the top 10 of most productive faculty based on the number of engineering graduates per faculty

  • in top 10 engineering for diversity of student body – both Hispanics and African-Americans.

ENGINEERING: PARTNERSHIPS AND PATHWAYS:

  • College of Engineering and Computing is the region’s leader in pre-collegiate initiatives in K-12 to inspiring young minds and also families, engaging with over 2,000 students a year. 

MATHEMATICS:

  • In 2 years, passing rates in Algebra has increased from 33% to 48% as a result of our Gateways: High Tech, High Touch initiative.  Our goal is to reach 70% passing rate by 2016.

STUDENTS ENGAGED IN RESEARCH

  • DOE Fellows:  Since 2007 over 65 students have participated in ongoing research on campus and summer experiences with the Department of Energy, all of whom have gone on to a STEM career.  53 have completed internships at DOE facilities; 7 have been hired by agency or DOE contractors.  26 Fellows have continued and obtained Master and PhD degrees at FIU or other universities.

NSF CREST CENTER:

  • Through Spring 2010, the FIU CREST has graduated 45 Ph.D. students:

  • 38% were underrepresented minorities and

  • 36% were women;

  • and graduated 60 M.S. students – 

    • 48% were underrepresented minorities

    • 32% were women.

RESEARCH DRIVEN:

FIU currently has well over $20 Million in active STEM Education-related grants

Notes:

Counts of graduates only include students who graduated in 150% of expected time (6 years for students who began at FIU; 4 years for AA degree transfers). STEM data sources: FIU, U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Profiles of Engineering & Engineering Technology Colleges.