The ABC´s of Missouri´s Future Workforce
Part 1: Missouri´s Colleges and Universities
Timothy O. Smith
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- The great majority of Missouri´s undergraduates attend post-secondary
institutions within the economic region where they graduated from high
school, or in adjacent economic regions.
- In the fall of 2000, 86% of Missouri´s undergraduates attended public
post-secondary institutions (41% attended 2-year and 45% attended 4-year
- Between 1996 -- 2001, the largest percentages of Associates and Bachelors
degrees (entry-level degrees) awarded in Missouri were awarded in business,
health and social science.
- Between 1996 -- 2001, the largest percentages of Masters and Doctoral
degrees (advanced degrees) awarded in Missouri were awarded in business,
education, law and medicine.
Key Policy Implications
- Kindergarten through Baccalaureate (K-16) Initiatives, seeking to impact
specific regions in Missouri, must concentrate their efforts on regional
elementary, middle, secondary and post-secondary institutions in order
to have the desired effect on students of those regions.
- Missouri´s businesses should be encouraged to consult their regional
post-secondary institutions on the training of current and prospective
employees. Economies of scale in training and improved expansion planning may
be realized by Missouri businesses.
- Missouri is well prepared across a broad range of expertise to support
growth in the life science industries.
- Missouri´s production of engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists
must be increased if it is to meet the needs of information technology and
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