ERIC Number: ED479157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Physics Students from Abroad in the Post-9/11 Era. AIP Report.
Neuschatz, Michael; Mulvey, Patrick J.
Concerned about the impact on physics programs, the American Institute of Physics conducted a small targeted survey in 2003 covering all physics graduate programs across the United States. Responses were received from 72% of all such departments, including 75% of the 185 programs that granted doctorates in physics and 64% of the programs' that offered master's degrees in physics as their highest degree. Data show that after decades of steady increases to a peak of 55% of the physics students in the United States in 2000-2001, the population of foreign students entering graduate physics programs has declined noticeably in the past 2 years. In the past year, two-thirds of PhD-granting institutions and almost half of the master's programs report that they have accepted students who were not able to attend because of visa difficulties. About 20% of admitted foreign students were at least initially prevented from attending in the fall of 2002. The highest ranked programs were least affected, but smaller departments experienced substantial impacts. Chinese students were the group most commonly denied entrance. Even in percentage terms, Chinese, along with students from the Middle East, felt the most impact. Many departments reported major effects on course enrollments and their ability to fill openings for resident advisors and teaching assistants. Most departments are maintaining current admissions policies for now, and only a few report changes in their stance on accepting students from abroad. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Attendance, Colleges, Enrollment, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Physics
For full text: http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/reports/international.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, College Park, MD. Statistical Research Center.