Magazine article ASEE Prism

Enrollment Outlook: Smaller, More Diverse Freshman Classes

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Enrollment Outlook: Smaller, More Diverse Freshman Classes

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Γ his month's databyte is the first in a series exploring undergraduate engineering demographic trends in the United States. It considers kindergarteners, the cohort of students who will graduate from high school in the year 2030. The data were drawn from ASEE's 2010 and 2016 Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges as well as from a 2016 study1 that projects race and ethnicity trends of future cohorts of high school graduates. Using ASEE Profiles data, we calculated the percentage of high school graduates by race and ethnicty who started in an engineering program the following year.

Based on demographic changes, we anticipate that, if the percentages of high-school graduates from different racial and ethnic groups who enroll in an engineering degree program the following year do not change from 2016 to 2030,2 Asian/Pacific Islanders and Hispanics will increase as a proportion of all engineering freshmen, while blacks and American Indian/Alaska Natives will slightly decrease. …

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