Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Degrees Awarded by State, 2012

From the still-rolling-out NCES 2013 Digest of Education Statistics comes this: Degrees awarded by type of degree and state in 2011-2012.

Choose the type(s) of institution(s) you'd like to include, and then the degree level: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral.  The blue bar shows the number by state, and the colored bars in the right hand column show the percent of that state's population awarded that degree in 2012.  The maps at the bottom are colored by the raw numbers; hover over any data point on the map or bar charts to see the details.

I've started this showing Associate's degrees, and including only public and private, not-for-profit institutions. If you'd like to add private, for-profit institutions, you can easily do that, but the numbers and especially percentages get skewed to Arizona and Iowa, due to large for-profit corporations that are housed there. The degrees they award roll up to the home state, even though the majority of instruction is done in other states.

It's interesting to look at doctoral production at public universities compared to bachelor's production.  The extent to which the public institutions are known more or less for research or undergraduate instruction tells a tale by itself, I think.