With the list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges–plus our Employers list, to be released in early 2015–we’re able to help you evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands.  While there are numerous ratings of how well a college teaches STEM subjects, we are the first to rate schools based on how well they align to high-growth, high-demand occupations in STEM fields.

It all started with you and your students!  Over a year ago, we asked high school teachers, counselors and students like you to identify the most important questions about post-secondary STEM education that you simply can’t find the answers to anywhere else.  In turn, we asked colleges across the country those same questions and then rated each school on their activities and outcomes along three key categories that address the top questions you have:

  1. STEM Job Alignment How well do they align with STEM job demand and skill requirements?
  2. STEM Job Placement Do their STEM graduates get jobs that pay well in high growth fields?
  3. STEM Program Diversity Are they attracting a diverse student body to a variety of program options?

From the initial list of 6,800 colleges reviewed, we narrowed our invitation list to approximately 1,800 colleges based on available data.  Below we provide the ratings of those colleges that, while they did not meet our criteria for achieving STEM Jobs Approved status, outperformed their counterparts in several key indicators.  Our 1-5 scale is utilized for simple filtering purposes and are not directly related to scoring that determines eligibility for the final STEM Jobs Approved Colleges designation.  We call these our STEM Jobs Emerging Colleges.

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