This effort is now annually orchestrated by the student leadership from IAEMs

This effort is now annually orchestrated by the

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students. This effort is now annually orchestrated by the student leadership from IAEM’s Student Region. As such, the FEMA Higher Education Program annual survey only collects data in regard to students in four areas: gender, students reached via emergency management coursework, the number of graduates (annually and cumulative), and employment. The data on the gender composition of the emergency management higher education student community has varied little over the years. It has historically been about a 40/60 (female/male) split across all program levels with a more evenly distributed pie or a few extra points to females when just evaluating the graduate level. This year’s data reflects a more disproportionate general student gender distribution at 33/67 ( n =64). Additionally, there was no dramatic shift reported at the graduate level that would evidence greater gender balance at the graduate level. The gender data is displayed in Figure I. The FEMA Higher Education Program has collected data on emergency management graduates and students reached by emergency management coursework since 2008. The goal was to capture to what extent higher education programs were changing the landscape of emergency management practice from by both contributing educated professionals and educating the general citizenry it serves (via exposure to emergency management coursework). The number of graduates and students reached are extrapolated annually from the data received. Additionally, the number of graduates reported each year has been added to a running total since 2008 (absent 2013 data). As seen in Table 12 below, the number of students who took an emergency management course during the 2013-2014 academic year was estimated to be 26,671 (extrapolated from a response of 10,402/39%) ( n =69). The number of graduates since program inception was solicited from programs in 2008 and at 7,730 set the base for future 16 Carol L. Cwiak, North Dakota State University Figure I: Student Gender 67% 33% Males Females
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graduate extrapolation additions (extrapolated from 3,414/44%) ( n =69). This year’s figure 3,974 (extrapolated from a response of 1,550/39%) was added to the existing figure of graduates for a total of 22,770 graduates since the inception of emergency management higher education programs ( current year extrapolation added to 2012 figure of 18,796 ). Number of students who took an emergency management course in 2013-2014 ( extrapolated from response of 10,402/39% ) 26,671 Number of students that graduated this past year from emergency management higher education programs (extrapolated from response of 1,550/39%) 3,974 Number of students that graduated since the inception of emergency management higher education programs ( current year extrapolation added to 2012 figure of 18,796 ) 22,770 Table 12: Extrapolated Student Data In an effort to better understand the comments that have been made by some emergency management students and educators about job availability in the field of emergency management, queries were added to the survey regarding employment tracking and graduates career-focused employment. Unfortunately, many programs do not track
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