ERIC Number: ED342660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Research Equipment and Equipment Needs in Selected Science and Engineering Fields: 1989-90.
Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
This monograph is one in a series of analytical reports presenting findings from the National Science Foundation's 1989-90 National Survey of Academic Research Instruments and Instrumentation Needs. This report documents current status and recent trends in the amounts, costs, and kinds of academic research equipment in seven major science/engineering fields. It also summarizes department heads' assessments of instrumentation needs and trends in these fields. The analysis compares data obtained in the current survey (1989-90) to similar data collected from the same institutions in 1986-87 and 1983-84. The study is limited to research equipment originally costing $10,000 or more per system, excluding equipment in 18 facilities designated as Federally Funded Research and Development Centers. The current data are based on multistage samples of 11,575 instruments from 909 departments and research centers at 79 institutions: 55 colleges and universities and 24 medical schools. The sample data are statistically weighted to represent a universe of institutions that collectively account for over 90 percent of the nation's academic research and development expenditures in engineering, chemistry, physic/astronomy, and the agricultural, biological, computer, and environmental sciences. The survey response rates are 90 percent or more at all sampling levels. A list of sampled institutions is appended. (KR)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Astronomy, Biology, Budgets, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Education, Expenditures, Facility Inventory, Financial Support, Government Role, Higher Education, Laboratory Equipment, Needs Assessment, Physics, Research Universities, Surveys, Trend Analysis
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC 20550 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.