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Alliances for Graduate Education Show Improved Baseline

The investments of the National Science Foundation’s Human Resource Development Division’s Alliances for Graduate Education in the Professoriate (AGEP) program continue to show changes in institutional culture across its portfolio. Here are a few selected highlights:

  • AGEP institutions produced approximately 35 percent of the STEM Ph.D.s and 40 percent of the minority STEM Ph.D.s in 2005.

  • Compared to the baseline year of 1999, AGEP institutions reported an average annual increase in the number of minority Ph.D. recipients in all STEM fields of 7 percent in 2005.

  • Between 1999 and 2005, the average annual number of graduate student enrollees in all STEM fields increased from 7,800 to 9,100, an increase of 16 percent. As specific examples, the category of all natural sciences and engineering increased 21 percent, engineering and computer sciences increased 20 percent, biological sciences increased 23 percent, and physical sciences increased 25 percent.

  • Between 1999 and 2005, the average annual number of new graduate student enrollees in all STEM fields increased from 1,802 to 2,131, an increase of 18 percent. As specific examples, the category of all natural sciences and engineering increased 19 percent, engineering and computer sciences increased 20 percent, biological sciences increased 16 percent and physical sciences increased 27 percent.

Selected AGEP project-specific highlights include:

  • Maryland Alliance (University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland at College Park, and University of Maryland at Baltimore; NSF grant HRD-0342790) -- From 2000-2004, total minority STEM doctoral enrollment increased from 57 to 204 (an increase of 258 percent).

  • Colorado PEAKS Alliance (University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State University; NSF grant HRD-0086551) -- From 2000-2004, minority STEM doctoral enrollment increased from 69 to 106 (an increase of 54 percent).

  • Louisiana Alliance (Tulane University, Louisiana State University, Xavier University; NSF grant HRD-0202178) -- From 2000-2004, total minority STEM doctoral enrollment increased from 88 to 171 (an increase of 94 percent).


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