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ERIC Number: ED512517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
African Americans among Degree Recipients in Physics and Geoscience. Focus On
Czujko, Roman; Nicholson, Starr
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
Physics and geoscience consistently rank near the bottom among all disciplines in their ability to attract and retain African American students. Before delving into these trends, it is important to establish a context for discussing the data and their implications. African Americans comprise 12.4% of the U.S. population, but their representation is highest in the southeast and several Middle Atlantic States. African Americans are likely to attend college near where their families live. Thus, the seven states with the highest representation of African Americans among their population are the seven states with the highest representation of African Americans among their college graduates. African Americans earned 9% of all bachelor's degrees in academic year 2007-08. They were more likely than other students to major in psychology, computer science and business, earning 10 to 11% of all bachelor's degrees in those fields. Unfortunately, African Americans were far less likely than other students to major in physics and geoscience, earning a mere 2.9% and 2.1% of the bachelor's degrees awarded in those two disciplines. (Contains 6 tables and 4 figures.)
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740. Tel: 301-209-3067; Fax: 301-209-0843; e-mail: stats@aip.org; Web site: http://www.aip.org/statistics
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center