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Challenge: STEM and Minorities The New American Dilemma
Image: – Dr. Irving Pressley McPhai: America and its businesses need to recruit more minorities in STEM fields. – AFAM STEM
With major demographic changes in the United States, the disparity of underrepresented minorities, including women, is becoming an increasing problem for the STEM disciplines. A study by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. on U.S. engineering degrees found that African-Americans, American Indians, and Latinos account for 34 percent of the total U.S. population (ages 18 to 24), but earn only 12 percent of all undergraduate degrees in engineering.
Engineering departments may need to work harder to draw in minority students, as few these days are pursuing careers in this field. Despite making up a significant portion of the population and the student body, very few minority students choose to enter engineering, with less than 12% coming from an under-represented group (and just 10% being female).