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ERIC Number: ED304997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-28
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Students Account for Most Growth in Graduate Science and Engineering Enrollment. Science Resources Studies Highlights.
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Div. of Science Resources Studies.
Data collected in the National Science Foundation's Survey of Graduate Science and Engineering (S/E) Students and Postdoctorates, fall 1987 are presented. The survey noted that foreign students account for about one seventh of all students enrolled in graduate S/E programs. Graduate S/E enrollment in all institutions is up 1% from the previous year, and for the past decade, the steady rise in the number of non-United States citizens enrolled full-time in doctorate-granting institutions has been important to the growth of graduate S/E enrollment. Graduate enrollment in engineering rose 2% from 1986 to 1987, compared to a growth of less than 1% in the sciences. Both increases were lower than the rates of growth over the last decade. Nearly 76,200 non-U.S. citizens were enrolled full-time in graduate-level S/E programs in doctorate-granting institutions. Women comprised 34% of the total full-time S/E students at doctorate-granting institutions in 1987. Research assistantships supported 69,800 full-time graduate students in doctorate-granting institutions in 1987, and this mechanism was the most rapidly growing type of support. Institutional funds continues to be the largest single source of support for such students. Doctorate-granting institutions employed 25,300 postdoctorates in fall 1987, up 5% since 1986. Foreign citizens made up 43% of the postdoctorates. Tables and charts are included.(SM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Div. of Science Resources Studies.