ERIC Number: ED385560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Change in Field of Study from Undergraduate to Graduate School: Creation of a GRE Data Base for Studying Talent Flow. GRE Board Professional Report No. 86-12P.
Grandy, Jerilee; Robertson, Nancy
In recent years the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) files have become recognized as a valuable resource for studies of talent flow, but the length and complexity of the files have made it costly to extract the information. A special GRE talent flow database was designed, covering the years 1978 to 1987, with three different structures: (1) an individual examinee file with one record for each subject; (2) a matrix in which rows correspond to intended graduate fields of study and columns correspond to undergraduate majors; and (3) a matrix that collapses the 100 specific major fields into 10 general fields. All three databases are available on computer files for public use, and the matrixes are available in hard copy. Among the many findings is the steady growth in engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics as graduate fields, as contrasted with the decline and subsequent upswing since 1984 of the other broad fields. The common belief that as numbers entering a field decline, student quality rises, and as numbers increase, student quality declines was not supported. Overall, test takers appeared to choose graduate fields in keeping with their relative verbal and quantitative skills. Five appendixes present supplemental information about the data files and their format. Five tables (39 subtables) present study findings. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Record Examinations