STEM in Higher Education

Spokane is in a region with tremendous higher education assets. Within Spokane County reside a public comprehensive four-year university (Eastern Washington University), two private four-year institutions (Whitworth University and Gonzaga University), two two-year community colleges (Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College), three private technical colleges (ITT Technical Institute, Carrington College, and Interface College), and a higher education center with significant assets from Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, the Community Colleges of Spokane, and Whitworth University. Additionally, within about 60 air miles of Spokane and 85 road miles reside two comprehensive research universities (Washington State University and the University of Idaho). Finally, North Idaho College is located nearby in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Estimated total enrollment at colleges and universities within 60 air miles (85 road miles) of Spokane is approximately 76,000 students.In 2011, these institutions produced 19,252 graduates. Of these 2,057, 2,674, 10,877, and 3,544 received certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and graduate degrees, respectively. Overall, 23% of certificates, 17% of associate’s degrees, 26% of bachelor’s degrees, and 32% of graduate degrees were in STEM majors.

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