ERIC Number: ED235728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-20
Reference Count: N/A
Major Gains and Losses. Recent Shifts in Popularity of Academic Disciplines as Fields of Concentration. Commission Report 83-25.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Enrollments for undergraduate and graduate majors in California are examined and compared to national trends. Information is provided on changes in degrees awarded by field of study in the nation from 1960-1961 to 1979-1980 and in California from 1976-1977 through 1980-1981. Using data from the Higher Education General Information Survey, changes are reported in student interest as reflected in percentage changes among general fields of study and market shares of each of these fields. Attention is also directed to: absolute numbers of degrees awarded and percentage changes in specific disciplines within the University of California and California State University campuses; and changes in the interests of men and women, ethnic minorities, and foreign students. Changes in degrees are compared to changes in enrollments among major fields and the implications of the changes for institutional planning are considered. The effects of these changes in student demand on departmental, institutional, and segmental planning and management are also discussed. Appendices provide detailed information on changes in student degree patterns by discipline, sex, ethnicity, and segment. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: College Planning, College Programs, Degrees (Academic), Educational Demand, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Majors (Students), National Surveys, Private Colleges, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, State Colleges, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Interests, Undergraduate Students
California Postsecondary Education Commission, 1020 Twelfth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California