May 2013 Economic Snapshot: Higher Education in New York City
Each May, thousands of students don graduation caps and gowns and receive degrees from New York City universities. For our May 2013 Economic Snapshot, NYCEDC examined higher education in the City using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey and American Community Survey. Did you know?
- New York City has a more educated population, on average, than the nation as a whole. In 2012, 35.2% of the City’s population 25 and over had a bachelor’s degree or greater, compared to 31.1% of the nation.
- New York also has more foreign-born people in the share of its educated population. In 2011, 13.2% of people 25 and over in NYC with at least a bachelor’s degree were foreign-born, compared to 4.5% for the U.S. as a whole.
- The most popular major of City residents with bachelor’s degrees is Science and Engineering, with 34.0% holding bachelor’s degrees in those fields in 2011. Of this larger category, 11.3% held degrees in Social Sciences, while 5.7% held degrees in Engineering.
- Not surprisingly, New York has a much higher share of people studying the arts than the country as a whole. 9.6% of NYC residents majored in Visual and Performing Arts, compared to 4.0% in the United States.
This weekend, we stopped by the NYC BigApps Hackathon at the offices of Huffington Post! Developers and teams assembled Saturday and Sunday to build apps related to Healthy Living and Lifelong Learning and compete for $10,000 in cash prizes.
Check out the winners of this Hackathon:
Acting like Pavlov, this mobile app helps condition the user to make healthy choices. The app will detect your location, allow you to set your preferences and then act on its own to guide you towards the healthy locations around you and on your route.
HealthBux helps more New Yorkers take advantage of the NYC Health Bucks program so that they and their families lead healthier lives.
Salmon: Don’t Just Get There
Salmon is an app that allows users to find paths between destinations that encourage movement, health, and well being.
Plexx. Training the World
Plexx is a mobile training app where people can learn the skills they need to obtain a job and build a career.
CUNY Bound is an open source educational resource for the 11,000 underprepared high school graduates who arrive to New York community colleges every year. The website offers interactive tools for reviewing the standard math, reading, and writing material covered by New York City curriculum.
LearnTogether - Online Study Groups for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
LearnTogether provides online study groups for students who are taking Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Learn how to get involved with NYC BigApps, New York City’s ultimate data software challenge offering $150,000 in prizes. The submission deadline is June 7 at 5:00 PM EST.
Photo credit: Grace Cheung/NYCEDC
Did you know that relatively more New York City startups are founded by women, as compared to Silicon Valley? Read our latest StatsBee blog post on gender breakdown in NYC’s employment, education, entrepreneurship, and work habits.
The hope is to build an ecosystem like Haifa’s, where industry and academics feed off each other.
The New York Times’ Education Life weekend section looks at the beta class and educational roll-out of Cornell NYC Tech so far, a new graduate program in applied sciences that is not your typical Master’s program:
“In Ithaca, you take a bunch of classes and then you have your one master’s project — you work on it alone,” said Mr. Kopp, who transferred from a master’s program at Cornell’s main campus. “It typically doesn’t have a business aspect to it, or you might be working on something that a professor is doing. This has a very different feel to it.”
Big cities, big data! Today, Mayor Bloomberg joined NYU President Sexton to announce partnerships between Center for Urban Science & Progress and Microsoft and Lutron Electronics and to inaugurate the new Brooklyn office. Find out more at NYU CUSP’s website.
Photo credit: Edward Reed/NYC Mayor’s Office
Photo credit: Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal
Watch Flatiron School’s awesome video on why they want to move Downtown. They’re one of five winners of our Take the H.E.L.M. NYC competition to encourage businesses to hire and expand in Lower Manhattan, each receiving a $250,000 cash grant. Read more in The Wall Street Journal, then watch more finalist videos!
February 2013 Economic Snapshot: Foreign- and Native-Born Population in NYC
For our February 2013 Economic Snapshot, NYCEDC took a look at the foreign- and native-born population of New York City and its effect on the economy.
- Among all cities in the U.S., NYC had the largest number of foreign-born residents in 2011 (3,066,599), representing 37.2% of total population.
- Queens had the highest proportion of foreign-born residents among the boroughs in the City. In 2011, nearly half of the borough’s residents were born outside of the U.S.
- Foreign-born residents represented 45.8% of the City’s resident labor force in 2011.
- The growth in the share of native-born residents with a bachelor’s degree increased more rapidly than that of foreign-born residents (8.0% compared to 2.4%). However, the growth in the share of foreign-born residents with a graduate or professional degree slightly outpaced that of native-born residents (8.1% compared to 7.5%).