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HSI STEM Degree Production

According to NSF’s “Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2013 Digest” (see Table 7 at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/sed/2013/data-tables.cfm),  of the 421 institutions that awarded PhDs in STEM fields in 2013, only 37 were HSIs, amounting to less than 9 percent of the total institutions. Less than a handful of HSIs are Research Intensive or Extensive institutions, so not surprisingly these 37 institutions produced only 3.87 percent of all STEM PhDs, just under 5 percent of those awarded in the physical sciences, a little over 5 percent in the social sciences (highest in psychology at 7.42 percent), and 3.56 percent of the engineering PhDs. These include all doctorate awardees, not just Hispanics. Click here for full listing of institutions.

The undergraduate focus of most HSIs becomes more apparent when one looks at the baccalaureate origins of Latino STEM PhDs (see Table 7-15 in NSF’s “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 2015” at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2015/nsf15311/tables.cfm). Click here for full list.

  • The top 50 U.S. baccalaureate institutions of Hispanic doctorate recipients in science produced 2423 recipients 2008-2012. Of these top 50, 16 were Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) which provided the baccalaureate education for 1194 Hispanic science PhD recipients during those years, almost half (49.3 percent) of the top 50 total. Other U.S institutions produced an additional 2340 Hispanic science doctorates for a total of 4763, of which the top 16 HSIs produced 25.1 percent.
  • The top 40 U.S. baccalaureate institutions of Hispanic doctorate recipients in engineering produced 526 recipients 2008-2012. Of these top 40, 9 were Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) which provided the baccalaureate education for 230 Hispanic engineering PhD recipients during those years, 43.7 percent of the top 40 total. Other U.S institutions produced an additional 259 Hispanic science doctorates for a total of 785, of which the top 9 HSIs produced 29.3 percent.