The 2010-2011 school year saw a higher growth rate of part-time graduate science and engineering students than full-time ones, according to a recent National Science Foundation study.
That year was the first time since 2005 that part-time rates outpaced full-time ones. Over the past decade, full-time enrollment growth is still larger than part-time by 10 percent, the study said. But the rate at which part-time enrollment is growing was faster than full-time: 1.6 percent of the more than 147,000 part-time students compared to 0.5 percent of the over 400,000 full-time students.
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Educators in Washington State are pleased to see a growing number of students interested in computer science and engineering majors at state universities, but wonder if the money set aside to grow such programs will be enough to meet demand, according to the Seattle Times.
At least two Washington public universities have seen computer science major enrollment double in recent years, according to the article. It seems that state representatives are seeing their push for more students in STEM fields pay off dramatically. The state’s legislature this year set aside $18 million to go to engineering and computer science programs at three public universities. But some say the money won’t be enough to fund expensive engineering courses, which require specialized equipment and smaller class sizes, in the coming years.
Engineering schools devote a lot of time and effort to help undergraduates—particularly minority students—succeed. How well are their programs working? A new survey by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), America’s largest private provider of scholarships for underrepresented minority students in engineering, finds students are generally satisfied with the undergraduate engineering support features at its partner universities. The study looked at how well schools that receive funding under the NACME block-grant program implement practices shown to improve recruitment and retention of minority students in engineering.
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It’s well known that the United States is a sought-after destination for international graduate students, particularly those pursuing degrees in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). In engineering, the proportion of international students continues to grow, accounting for 57 percent of full-time enrollment in U.S. graduate engineering programs in fall 2012. This was up three percentage points from the previous year, according to data reported by 190 ranked institutions. Topping the international charts was the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Nearly 95 percent of its 303 full-time graduate engineering students were from outside the United States.
American students are far more likely to consider study abroad than their British counterparts, according to a recent survey cited by the New York Times.
The online poll by Education Intelligence, research arm of the British Council, found that 20 percent of students in Britain said they would consider studying overseas, compared with 56 percent of U.S. students. But the two populations were similar in one respects: not having enough information. Only 24 per cent of U.K. students and 22 per cent of U.S. students felt they had enough resources to make an informed decision about overseas study.
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