ERIC Number: ED384673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Graduate Enrollment Decisions of Undergraduate Science and Engineering Majors: A Survey of GRE Test Takers. GRE Board Professional Report No. 85-01P.
To understand better the factors involved in students' decisions to pursue graduate study in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering (NSME), this study surveyed a stratified sample of 1,651 NSME majors who took the Graduate Record Examination General Test in December 1990, planning to enroll in graduate school. The survey asked for background information and career expectations and plans, including choice of graduate school program. Survey responses and the GRE records of students planning to continue in NSME were compared with those of students planning to change fields of study. The decision to change fields was not related to GRE scores, gender, parents' education, or ethnicity. Parental approval was also unrelated to the decision to continue in NSME. Those who planned to change fields for graduate study liked their undergraduate courses less, had more trouble seeing themselves as scientists, found the courses more difficult, and had slightly lower grades. The report suggests that science and engineering students do not always have a realistic view of the work options that will be open to them. Seven appendixes present supplemental information including: the GRE background questionnaire, matrices of questionnaire items, GRE scores, and other variables. (Contains 33 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Choice, Career Planning, Change, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, Engineering, Enrollment, Ethnicity, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Mathematics, Parent Background, Sciences, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Graduate Record Examination Board Program.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Record Examinations