MSU Denver named to STEM Jobs? Approved College list
Rating recognizes graduates’ preparation for high-demand STEM occupations
Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Posted: December 2, 2014
DENVER – Victory Media, a creator of digital resources for connecting students interested in education and career resources in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), announced today that Metropolitan State University of Denver has been named a 2015 STEM Jobs? Approved College.
Colorado is projected to experience a 28 percent increase in the number of STEM-related jobs between 2008 and 2018. MSU Denver is leading the way in accelerating interest in STEM fields, achieving a 26 percent increase in enrollment in STEM majors — including a 95 percent increase in the number of students of color — since 2006.
“We are pleased to be nationally recognized for our successes in expanding STEM education opportunities, both to address Colorado’s workforce development needs and to give our students access to rewarding, high-paying careers,” said MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. “We’re making real progress toward our goal of preparing the most diverse, highly skilled STEM graduates in the state.”
The inaugural STEM Jobs? list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations. Surveys were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary questions related to three key indicators of success: STEM job alignment, STEM job placement and diversity in a school’s STEM programs.
“With the list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges we’re able to help parents, students and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” said Daniel Nichols, President of STEM JobsSM. “We’re pleased to showcase universities like MSU Denver as a school leading the way in this area.”
MSU Denver was one of only 123 schools to earn this distinction, among more than 1,600 institutions that participated in the survey. MSU Denver will be featured in the Winter 2015 issue of STEM Jobs? magazine.
For more information about MSU Denver’s commitment to students interested in STEM fields of study and careers, visit the University’s website at http://www.msudenver.edu/newsroom/spotlight/stem/.
About Metropolitan State University of Denver
MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 58 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s nearly 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.
About STEM JobsSM Ratings
The STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges survey measures how effectively schools align their programs to high demand, high paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields. Ratings are based on a complimentary and rigorous quantitative assessment that measures schools on criteria created by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board. A complete description of our methodology, advisory board and services is available at www.stemjobs.com.
About Victory Media
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a rapidly-growing, veteran-owned business leader connecting individuals in transition with education, business, and career opportunities. For more than 12 years, Victory Media has provided members of the military community with resources and information to evaluate civilian opportunities, while working with thousands of post-secondary schools, employers, and companies looking to get their opportunities, products and services in front of military families during critical life stages.
In 2012, we extended our reach by introducing STEM JobsSM tools, media and curriculum designed to engage students, along with their parents, teachers and guidance counselors, as they make education and career planning decisions. Using student-written articles, fun graphics and relatable content, STEM JobsSM helps students discover how to “do what they love” as a STEM-inspired career. STEM JobsSM now includes the STEM JobsSM Type Quiz for students, STEM JobsSM Approved ratings for schools and employers, and STEM JobsSM Ready lesson plans for teachers. For more information, visit www.stemjobs.com.