Is STEM Growth at City University of New York a Sign?By Shane R
City University of New York (CUNY) just released a study showing the true growth of its STEM program. The program grew by 93% in the last decade, with 9,013 students graduating from 2011- 2020, as opposed to 4,671 students from 2001-2010. This study proves the growth of STEM in this university, as well as other universities across the country.
Additionally, this study found that females, males, Blacks, Hispanics, Caucasians, and Asian/Pacific Islanders showed massive growth in CUNY graduates. However, there were some places that the university is still hopeful they can improve in. For example, Blacks and Hispanic students represented 55% of the CUNY student body, but only 31% of them graduated with a degree. On another note, 58% of the student population is women at CUNY, but only 19% of them graduated with a degree.
It is numbers like this that continue to be exhibited across the country. A lack of diversified and gender-based graduates is something CUNY and other universities are making their priorities for the next decade. Even though CUNY is extra proud of the work they have put in, they know there is still work to be done to make sure that all students, no matter income level, gender, or cultural background, can work hard to achieve a degree.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, is helping push CUNY along, and he plans to add 100,000 tech jobs in the city by the year 2027. New York is currently on track for the goal with 3,725 new tech jobs, as the city looks to continue to boom economically. By partnering with CUNY, New York will meet its wildest goals.