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50,000 DIVERSE ENGINEERS GRADUATING ANNUALLY BY 2025

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THE TIME IS NOW

Why 50K?

The U.S. produces about 93K engineers per year at the bachelor's degree level; only 30K are from underrepresented minority populations or are women.

OUR STORY

The Genesis of 50K

The coalition was formed by the nation’s preeminent diversity engineering organizations.

Multi-cultural woman who is participating the 50k Coalition

A UNIQUE MOVEMENT

The Promise of 50K

The Coalition will collaborate to create a comprehensive plan to change the public perception of engineering and encourage a diversified field of study, one that includes more women and members of other underrepresented groups.

The 50K Coaliton is brought to you by the generous support of:

The 50k Coalition

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Sara Echohawk - AISES

Sara Echohawk

CEO, AISES

Karl W. Reid - National Society of Black Engineers

Karl W. Reid, Ed.D.

EXEC. DIRECTOR, NSBE

Barry Cordero - SHPE

Barry Cordero

Interim CEO, SHPE

Karen Horting - Society of Women Engineers

Karen Horting, CAE

EXEC. DIRECTOR, CEO, SWE

Building A National Goal

The 50K Coalition is a collaborative of more than 40 organizations focused on a bold national goal: to produce 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025. The coalition was formed by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the nation’s preeminent diversity engineering organizations, which collectively serve more than 85,000 pre-collegiate, collegiate and professional members. The expertise and more than 188 years of collective experience of the coalition’s founding organizations perfectly position them to tackle the coalition’s goal.

WE DO HAVE

Hurdles to Overcome
Academic obstacles to retention
High school math & college "weed-out" courses
STEM culture and climate barriers to retention. Barriers to community college transfer.
Barriers created by an inadequate public understanding of engineering
Transfer rates from community colleges to four-year institutions are low overall, and lower in STEM majors

"Coming together is a beginning: keeping together is progress: working together is success."

HENRY FORD
50k Coalition

50,000 DIVERSE ENGINEERS GRADUATING ANNUALLY BY 2025

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