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ERIC Number: ED429511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Enrollments and Degrees Report.
Mulvey, Patrick J.; Nicholson, Starr
AIP Report, Mar 1999
This report presents the results of a fall 1997 survey of U.S. colleges and universities that offer doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees in physics and astronomy, focusing on degree production and current student enrollment. Highlighted are the following: (1) although enrollments in physics degree programs have been declining, the number of students taking introductory courses has remained fairly stable; (2) the number of Ph.D.s conferred during the 1996-97 academic year declined 2 percent from the previous year, with a cumulative drop of 6 percent over the last three years; (3) bachelor's degrees in physics continue to decline, with the class of 1996-97 totaling 3,826 degrees (the lowest since the late 1950s); (4) the number of U.S. citizens enrolling as first-year graduate physics students is the lowest ever seen; and (5) the proportion of women physics bachelor's recipients has increased, on average, about 1 percent a year for the last four years, although women still represent only 19 percent of the undergraduate physics class of 1997. Text, figures, and tables present data on introductory enrollments; undergraduate enrollments and degrees; graduate enrollments and degrees; gender, race, and citizenship; and astronomy. An appendix provides trend data on degrees and enrollments over the last 10 years. (DB)
American Institute of Physics, Education and Employment Statistics, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3843; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, College Park, MD. Education and Employment Statistics Div.
Note: For the January 1998 report, see ED 416 763.