ERIC Number: ED359888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in Degrees Conferred by Institutions of Higher Education: 1984-85 through 1990-91. E.D. TABS.
Using two large national survey databases, a study was done of trends in degrees conferred by colleges and universities. The data were gathered from: (1) the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 1986-87 through 1990-91 "Completions" surveys, and the 1990 and 1991 "Consolidated" surveys; and (2) the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) 1984-85 survey of "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred in Institutions of Higher Education." These surveys collected information on degrees conferred by level of award (associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctor's, first-professional; race, ethnicity, and sex of recipients; and major field of study. The results are displayed in eight tables. Highlights of the study include the following: (1) the number of all degrees awarded in 1990-91 increased by 2.7 percent over the previous year with the greatest increase occurring among Hispanics; (2) degrees awarded to women accounted for 54 percent of the total degrees in 1990-91; (3) computer and information sciences, engineering and related technologies, and theology were the only fields experiencing a decline in bachelor's degrees awarded; and (4) over the 6-year span of the study the number of master's and doctor's degrees had the largest overall percentage increases. Appendixes contain a crosswalk for selected fields and four additional tables. (JB)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Degrees (Academic), Doctoral Degrees, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Masters Degrees, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Professional Education, Sex Differences, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.