ERIC Number: ED215641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Earned Degrees Conferred: An Examination of Recent Trends.
Baker, Curtis O.
Data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics on the survey instrument "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred," as part of the annual Higher Education General Information Survey are presented. The period covered by the report, 1971 through 1980, was one of considerable change for higher education. Enrollments increased to record levels, and as a result, so did the numbers of degrees awarded. The numbers of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees have leveled off or declined in recent years, but the number of first-professional degrees has not yet reached a peak. All data are for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In some charts, degree awards are listed by instructional field. The report consists of tables with four narrative sections: (1) numbers of degrees awarded by level; (2) the proportion of men and women receiving degrees at each level; (3) comparison of numbers of degrees awarded by institutional control; and (4) changes in degrees awarded by discipline division for the ten-year period. An appendix outlines the differences in instructional classifications used in 1971 and 1981. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Graduates, Declining Enrollment, Degrees (Academic), Doctoral Degrees, Enrollment Trends, Females, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Longitudinal Studies, Majors (Students), Males, Masters Degrees, National Surveys, Private Colleges, Professional Education, State Colleges, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.