Washington Post’s story on minority students at Florida SUS institutions is important, but STEM degree underrepresentation may be a bigger problem

Not to minimize the issue raised by the Washington Post story on minority underrepresentation among students at Florida’s State University System institutions, but in my view this is a bigger problem:  Black students (and to a lesser extent Hispanic students) are underrepresented among SUS bachelors’ degree grads in STEM fields, and especially engineering and the physical sciences.

In the plots below, the bar on the left side gives the percentage of Florida’s population that is black or Hispanic (from the WaPo story).  Then there are bars in each graph for computer fields (CIP 11), engineering (CIP 14), biological sciences (CIP 26), mathematics and statistics (CIP 27) and the physical sciences (CIP 40).

The data are for 2012-13 and are from the Florida Board of Governors degree search portal.

For comparison, WaPo reports that 13% of SUS students are black and 28% are Hispanic.

I threw in a plot for women as well.  Their situation in computer science and engineering is grievous.

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