ERIC Number: ED203728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Enrollments and Degrees. AIP Report.
Ellis, Susanne D.
Trends in enrollments and degrees for physics and astronomy departments are presented. The data represent nearly 100 percent of the 806 degree-granting departments. Information is presented on the following: number of institutions by highest physics degree offered, 1976-81; number of physics degrees awarded during 1969-80; undergraduate and graduate physics enrollments; introductory physics enrollments in degree-granting institutions by geographic region, 1976-81; actual and projected number of undergraduate physics majors, 1980-81; enrollment of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and fifth-year students who will likely obtain physics degrees; enrollment of entering foreign graduate physics students 1970-81; unfilled assistantships for first-year graduate physics students in Ph.D. departments, 1980; number of full-time and part-time graduate students; number of physics degrees granted by sex and minority group status, 1979-80; trends in astronomy enrollments and degrees, 1975-81; and astronomy enrollments and degrees by institution type. Among the findings are the following: trends of physics degrees granted clearly indicate the leveling in recent years, with bachelor's degrees falling just below 4,500, master's degrees at 1,400, and doctorates around 1,000; between fall 1979 and fall 1980, there was a 6 percent increase in enrollment in introductory physics; over 100,000 students are enrolled in introductory astronomy courses; and the number of degree-granting astronomy departments is decreasing. (SW)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Bachelors Degrees, Comparative Analysis, Degrees (Academic), Departments, Doctoral Degrees, Enrollment Trends, Females, Foreign Students, Full Time Students, Geographic Regions, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Males, Masters Degrees, Minority Groups, Part Time Students, Physics, Undergraduate Students
American Institute of Physics, 335 East 45 Street, New York, NY 10017.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, New York, NY. Manpower Statistics Div.