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ERIC Number: ED507673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
S&E Graduate Enrollments Accelerate in 2007; Enrollments of Foreign Students Reach New High. InfoBrief. NSF 09-314
Burns, Laura; Einaudi, Peter; Green, Patricia
National Science Foundation
U.S. enrollment in science and engineering (S&E) graduate programs in 2007 increased by 3.3% over comparable data for 2006. This is the highest annual growth rate since 2002 and is nearly double the 1.7% growth rate seen in 2006. First-time, full-time enrollment of foreign students (the terms "foreign student" and "temporary" visa holder are equivalent in this report) eclipsed its previous high, set in 2001, and total enrollment of temporary visa holders topped its 2003 high. Despite this growth, the proportion of S&E graduate students who are temporary visa holders remained below its peak level, set in 2002, because of growth in the numbers of U.S. citizens and permanent residents pursuing graduate-level study in S&E fields. The National Science Foundation-National Institutes of Health (NNSF-NIH) Survey of Graduate Students and Post-doctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS), which collects these data, was refined in 2007 to improve reporting. New fields were added to the survey, and some fields were reclassified. Because of these changes this InfoBrief presents 2007 data in two ways: (1) "2007new" counts report the data as collected using the new methodology; and (2) "2007old" counts reflect the data as they would have been collected in prior years. Current-year discussions in this InfoBrief are based on 2007new data. Differences between prior years and 2007 are based on 2007old data, and trends are presented this way. Survey changes and impacts on data collection are discussed in detail in the section "Survey Changes and Comparative Analysis." (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics