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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

More 'geeky' degrees being issued by NH university system these days

The University System of New Hampshire says it graduated approximately 1,416 students will earn their diplomas in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, a 12.2 percent increase over the past three years.

The system is pushing to get more "geeky" degrees out the door. I looked at this issue in a semi-lighthearted way back in 2011 when I measured trends in "geeky" and "semi-geeky" vs. "non-geeky" degrees. I'm trying to get the raw data from the university system for degrees so we can have some fun with, say, art history vs. mathematics.

The University System of New Hampshire's institutions point to various STEM-increasing efforts:

  • The University of New Hampshire is building STEM capacity at both its Durham and Manchester campuses. In Durham, biostatistics, neuroscience and nutrition programs will be expanded, and a new master's degree program is being offered in business analytics. In Manchester, UNH is expanding and improving facilities for computer science and engineering. In 2014 UNH began a computer science and entrepreneurship program. Both campuses are also increasing pre-college STEM education.
  • Plymouth State University is investing in facilities and faculty to support STEM-related programming in health care.
  • Keene State College is working with the region's middle and high schools to encourage students to pursue STEM-related studies as they prepare for college. Keene State is also developing programs that encourage more first- and second-year college students to major in STEM disciplines and complete their degrees and has also opened its new Technology, Design, and Safety Center offering the only degree programs in New England in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences.
  • Granite State College is building capacity for two of its top 10 bachelor's degree programs: information technology and nursing. The college is also introducing a new bachelor's program in health and wellness, offering a math teacher preparation program, and developing a middle school science teacher certification program.