STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. UH’s initial STEM list consisted of CIP categories 01, 03, 11, 14, 15, 26, 27, and 40, which represent the National Association of System Heads (NASH) and Education Trust’s STEM definition. NASH is an association of chief executives of 52 college and university systems of public higher education in the U.S. and Puerto Rico whose goal is to improve the governance of public higher education systems. The Education Trust was created to promote high academic achievement for all students pre-kindergarten through college, focusing on closing the achievement gap separating African American, Latino, Native American and low-income students from other youth.

Twenty NASH system leaders, including the UH president, joined with the Education Trust in an Access to Success initiative to expand college access and increase success for low-income and minority students. This initiative required STEM metrics, so STEM was defined for the 20 institutions using CIP codes.

  • Revisions to the Definition
  • In Fall 2011, In addition to the eight NASH/Education Trust CIP categories, UH added categories for its strategic outcome/performance measure STEM goal. Category 51 was added to include programs in Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences. Selected CIP 30 codes (Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies) were added.
  • In Fall 2012, the CIP 41 category (Science Technologies/Technicians) was added.
  • In June 2014, selected codes from the 04, 09, 10, 13, 28, and 29 CIP categories were added to UH’s STEM list. These codes are on the Department of Homeland Security’s list of STEM programs. International students who graduate with a DHS STEM degree are allowed to remain in the U.S. for an extended period of time following graduation.
  • In Fall 2013, the CIP code for Honolulu Community College’s APTR (Applied Trades) major was changed from 15.0699 (STEM) to 46.0000 (non-STEM). In order to be consistent with the current coding for this major, this code will need to be excluded when obtaining Honolulu CC STEM counts for terms prior to Fall 2013.
  • In Spring 2015, UH’s STEM definition was revised to align solely with the DHS STEM definition. In addition to the DHS STEM categories, UH identified other categories (Agriculture, Health, and Education) which altogether are referred to as “Extended STEM”.
  • In May 2017, DHS updated their STEM majors list to broaden the scope of STEM majors.