Over the summer, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the 2014 report from the Baccalaureate and Beyond Study, a four-year longitudinal study which started in 2008 and followed bachelor’s degree recipients as they went onto employment and/or further education. There are numerous tables showing the percentages of students who graduated with STEM degrees, their subsequent employment, and their average salaries. There’s lots of good information here for both faculty and students who are wondering about what the future holds for students with a STEM degree. The NCES also provides the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, which integrates information from a number of annual surveys of colleges and universities that participate in the federal student aid program. With the data system, you can look at data about your individual institution, including number of STEM degrees awarded, and compare it with other institutions. You can create, save, and print tables or data files. NCES is a fantastic resource to explore as you start to look at STEM retention at your university over time and in comparison to peer institutions.  

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