ERIC Number: ED392343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Enrollment and Degrees Report.
Mulvey, Patrick J.; Dodge, Elizabeth
AIP Report, Jan 1996
This report presents the results of a 1994-95 survey of U.S. colleges and universities offering doctorate, masters, and bachelors degrees in physics and astronomy, focusing on degree production and current student enrollment. It found that over the last 3 years, first-year graduate physics enrollments have declined 22 percent at doctorate-granting departments and 17 percent at masters-granting departments. The number of doctorates conferred has increased 60 percent since 1980, and women have made slow but steady gains among PhD recipients, with the PhD class of 1994 including 12 percent women. In 1994, 8 percent of the PhD-granting departments produced 29 percent of the doctorates. Undergraduate physics enrollments continued to decline, with junior enrollments dipping to a 30-year low in 1994. While foreign student enrollments continue to increase, especially in graduate programs, African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans continued to be underrepresented among physics graduates, while Asian-Americans continued to be overrepresented. Physics departments continued to provide service courses for other majors and enrolled approximately 360,000 students in introductory physics courses in 1994-95. An appendix provides data on degree and enrollment trends over the last 10 years. (MDM)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Astronomy, Bachelors Degrees, Black Students, Departments, Doctoral Degrees, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Masters Degrees, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Physics, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Study
American Institute of Physics, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3843.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, New York, NY. Education and Employment Statistics Div.