ERIC Number: ED403274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Talent Flow from Undergraduate to Graduate School: 1982-1993.
This report describes the early development, recent revision, and some uses of a special Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) database for studying talent flow between undergraduate and graduate school. It discusses the following: (1) development and expansion of a talent flow database containing all variables from the GRE General Test files on all examinees between 1982 and 1993; (2) availability of the database to other researchers; (3) analyses of the database to highlight talent flow patterns; (4) designs of graphic displays that are useful to illustrate talent flow; and (5) suggestions for future uses of the database, including a new approach to studying test validity. This report contains summary statistics for all broad fields of study for each gender and for all ethnic groups and includes trends in the numbers and percentages of examinees planning graduate study in each area and the academic qualities of those examinees. Talent flow analyses indicated that the fields with the greatest holding power appear to coincide with the fields having the fewest examinees seeking a doctorate. This observation suggests that at a time of limited employment opportunities for Ph.D.s, students are attracted to fields that require only a master's degree and gravitate toward those fields for graduate study. Seven appendixes contain major field codes and categories, definitions, the dataset layout, and sample talent flow tables. (Contains 26 figures, 44 appendix tables, and 19 references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Record Examinations