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FIGURE 5-1 Persistence in science and engineering STEM fields and attainment of STEM degrees among postsecondary students in 4-year postsecondary institutions.
NOTE: Data were as of the end of the 2008-2009 academic year for the cohort that began postsecondary education in the 2003-2004 academic year. STEM fields include physical sciences and biological/agricultural sciences; engineering/engineering technologies; and computer/information sciences.
SOURCE: Department of Education (2012).

its technical staff while concurrently obtaining citizenship and security clearances (see discussion in the Chapter 4 section “Temporary Work Visas”).

Several other nations, including several Commonwealth countries, have facilitated the issuing of visas to foreign nationals who earn graduate degrees in science and engineering fields in Commonwealth countries.

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FIGURE 5-2 Persistence in science and engineering STEM fields and attainment of STEM degrees among postsecondary students entering 2- and 4-year postsecondary institutions.
NOTE: Data were as of the end of the 2008-2009 academic year for the cohort that began postsecondary education in the 2003-2004 academic year. STEM includes physical sciences and biological/agricultural sciences; engineering/engineering technologies; and computer/information sciences.
SOURCE: Department of Education (2012).



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