STEM Nexus: Connecting Massachusetts' STEM Community

Evaluation Reports

Massasoit student in a biotech lab.
Photo courtesy Massasoit Community College.

The Department of Higher Education (DHE) has contracted with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute to evaluate meeting the goals articulated in the STEM Plan and to learn best practices. Key focus areas of evaluation include the data dashboard to track annual progress on each of the give goals, STEM Network structures and value, and examining the @Scale model.

Evaluation Reports

State Online College Job Market: Ranking the States

Massachusetts, Delaware, and Washington State provide college graduates with the best odds of landing a job, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Using online job ads, the report provides information about where the jobs are for college graduates for each of the 50 states to help students, educators, and policymakers make better decisions.

The report ranks the states by how many job openings there are per college-educated worker overall and within industries and career fields. College graduates seeking work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, for example, have the best odds in Delaware, Massachusetts, and New York.

The report also details the number of online job ads overall and within each career field and industry, the fastest-growing careers and industries, and the companies that recruit most heavily in each state. Across the country, college-educated workers will have the best odds of finding a job in STEM, managerial and professional office, and healthcare professional and technical occupations.

The full report and executive summary for State Online College Job Market: Ranking the States are available online at

STEM Perceptions Study

PDF STEM Perceptions: Student & Parent Study
Parents and Students Weigh in on How to Inspire the Next Generation of Doctors, Scientists, Software Developers and Engineers
Commissioned by Microsoft; performed by Harris Interactive.

As part of its broader efforts to help improve STEM education, Microsoft Corp. commissioned two national surveys with Harris Interactive among college students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, and parents of K–12 students. The goal of the surveys was to gain insight about what can better prepare and inspire students to pursue post-secondary education in STEM subjects. In these surveys, parents and students were asked about their perceptions and attitudes of STEM education in the U.S., shedding light on how to inspire more young people to become doctors, scientists and engineers.

This website is supported by the STEM Pipeline Fund, a state trust account administered by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to support STEM initiatives.