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Helping Iowa deliver on workforce goal

October 26, 2017

Helping Iowa deliver on workforce goal

Iowa high school students taking Advanced Placement (AP) tests in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) increased 32 percent from 2012 to 2016. Students typically take AP tests after participating in a related college-level course in high school, so this promising finding indicates greater numbers of Iowa high school students are progressing to upper-level STEM coursework.

This statistic is included in the annual Iowa STEM Evaluation Report, which is authored by researchers at all three of Iowa’s public universities for the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Other promising findings published in the report include:

  • More than 75 percent of all students statewide indicated they were very interested or somewhat interested in STEM or in pursuing a STEM career in 2016–2017.
  • There has been a three percent increase in STEM awards at Iowa’s two–year community colleges, an 18 percent increase at four–year public and a seven percent increase at four–year private (not–for-profit) colleges and universities, respectively between the periods 2011–2012 to 2014–2015.
  • Community college STEM diplomas, certificates and degrees to minority graduates increased 23 percent last year, and 144 percent since 2011.
  • There has been an 18 percent increase in STEM degrees awarded to females at Iowa’s two-year community colleges.

These findings are promising for Iowa, as the state pushes for 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce to acquire education or training beyond high school by 2025. Read more about Iowa’s education system.



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