A new study from the Center for the Study of Excellence at the University of Florida has ranked Florida State University among the top six universities in the country for the number of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates and the number who went on to pursue advanced degrees.
The new ranking by the center for STEM education at the university, conducted by the Center on Education Policy, is the first time that the U.S. Department of Education has rated a state’s educational system as having a high level of STEM success.
The state ranked #6 among the 10 most-educated states in the nation, according to the report released Monday.
FSU also received a score of 5 out of a 10, according, and has the fifth highest STEM workforce in the U, according the report.FSU received a 3.5 out of 10 grade for its STEM workforce, and is the fifth-highest STEM-worker-friendly state in the United States, according its report.
The university has a large engineering and computer science program, a large aerospace and defense program, and a large veterinary and medical research program, according Toews.
Failing schools in the rankings include the University at Buffalo, a small school in Buffalo that was ranked #3 in the state and was rated by the Education Department as having “low STEM success.”
The Buffalo campus was also rated as having low STEM success by the Department of Commerce, the report noted.
The Center for Education Policy is the third-largest nonprofit educational research organization in the world.
The report notes that the Education Secretary and Secretary of Education John King have both stated they are working on a STEM education plan, which would include a requirement that all students receive a STEM degree by 2025.