ERIC Number: ED451054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards: 1999.
Hill, Susan T.
The data in this report show trends in doctorate awards by science and engineering (S&E) field and recipient characteristics, institutions awarding doctorates, and postgraduation plans of recipients. The source of the data is the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). The SED is conducted annually for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and four other federal agencies. Information from this survey becomes part of the Doctorate Records File, which is a census of recipients of research doctorates awarded since 1920 by regionally-accredited universities and colleges. Doctoral degrees such as the Ph.D. or D.Sc. are included in these surveys, but first-professional degrees such as the J.D. or M.D. are not. Data for the SED are collected directly from the individual doctorate recipients. The questionnaire is distributed through the cooperation of the Graduate Deans to persons as they are completing their doctorate. The data for a given year include all doctorates awarded in the 12-month period ending on June 30 of that year. These tables present detailed data on S&E doctorate recipients with some totals provided for broad non-S&E fields. Detailed data on non-S&E fields are published in the Summary Report and by other federal sponsors of the SED. The groupings of field specialties into broad fields may differ among the sponsoring agencies according to their missions. Approximately 92% of the annual cohort of doctorate recipients in 1999 responded to the questionnaire. Over the period 1989-1997, the response varied between 92% and 95%. Most of the numbers presented are actual self-reports as there are no adjustments made for nonresponse. For the nonrespondents, partial data from public sources are added; therefore, complete counts are presented for conferred doctorates by field of study and sex of recipient. Because some tables present data subject to nonresponse, these summaries represent the conservative known responses for any data item. Small changes in numbers should be interpreted with caution as numerical trends are affected by fluctuations in response rates, and declines and increases may appear greater than they might be in reality. (ASK)
Descriptors: Doctoral Degrees, Educational Trends, Engineering, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Sciences, Tables (Data)
National Science Foundation, Div. of Science Resources Studies, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 965, Arlington, VA 22230. Tel: 703-292-8774.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. Div. of Science Resources Studies.