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ERIC Number: ED354809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Estimates of 1985-86 Bachelor's Degree Recipients' Course-Taking Behavior. Recent College Graduates Study. E.D. TABS.
This publication presents estimates of 1985-86 bachelor's degree recipients' course-taking behavior in 10 major tables. The data are based on transcripts collected as part of the 1987 Recent College Graduates Study which collected data on almost a million college graduates. The data presented here discuss nine major fields of study: business and management, education, engineering, health care, public affairs and social services, math/computer science/physical science, social science, humanities, and psychology. Highlights of the findings include the following: the average number of courses taken by bachelor's degree recipients ranged from 48 courses for social science majors to 58 courses for engineering majors; the average grade point average of graduates in the 10 major fields of study ranged from 2.6 to 2.8 and did not differ substantially from field to field; the percentage of graduates who took one or more foreign language courses varied from 21 percent for engineering majors to 66 percent for social science majors; and more graduates majored in business and management than in any of the other major fields of study. Also included are a section on study methodology and appendixes containing a standard error table, a classification of major fields, and occupational codes. (JB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Bachelors Degrees, Business Education, College Graduates, Computer Science Education, Course Selection (Students), Education Majors, Engineering Education, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Mathematics Education, Medical Education, National Surveys, Public Affairs Education, Science Education, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.