ERIC Number: ED202445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Did You Know? About Black Advanced Degree Recipients. Black Higher Education Fact Sheet, No. 5, March 1981.
Lehner, J. Christopher
Data are presented on advanced degrees awarded to blacks as compared to all recipients. For the master's and doctoral levels, data are provided on the total number and percent change by field of study for 1975 to 1979. The total number of master's awards increased slightly from 1976 to 1977 but fell by 5 percent in 1979. For all master's recipients increases of 17 to 25 percent occurred in the fields of agriculture, business and management, computer science, health professions, and public affairs. For blacks, the increases in agriculture and computer science were much smaller, 2.6 and 8.3 percent, respectively, but those in business and management, health professions, and public affairs were higher. For academic year 1978-79, historically black colleges (HBCs) accounted for almost 20 percent of all black master's recipients, despite the fact that HBCs made up only 30 of the approximately 1,000 master's-granting institutions. In contrast to master's degrees, there appeared to be slight progress for blacks and strong headway for all minorities in the number of doctorates awarded in 1979. Nationally, there was a drop of 3.3 percent between 1976 and 1979, black Ph.D.'s increased by 4.5 percent, and other minorities increased by 26.3 percent. There was a substantial upswing in the total numbers of Ph.D's awarded in architecture, fine arts, health professions, public affairs, theology, and interdisciplinary studies. There were serious losses in computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences doctorates. The total number of first-professional degrees increased both from 1976 to 1977 and from 1977 to 1979, a total rise of 10.4 percent. The number awarded to blacks dropped by 5.8 percent from 1976 to 1977 and then climbed by 11.8 percent in 1979, or half the national figure. HBC's accounted for 21.2 percent of all black first-professional degrees. (SW)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Committee on Black Higher Education and Black Colleges and Universities (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Note: For related document, see HE 013 734. Not available in paper copy due to small print.