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ERIC Number: ED528683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Astronomy Enrollments and Degrees: Results from the 2009 & 2010 Surveys of Physics & Astronomy Enrollments and Degrees. Focus On
Nicholson, Starr; Mulvey, Patrick
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
The Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics conducts an annual census from October through February of all departments that offer degrees in astronomy (78) in the United States. Astronomy departments consist of stand-alone degree-granting departments (39) and departments that are administered along with a physics program (39). For the class of 2010, the authors received responses from 95% of these departments and for the class of 2009 they heard from 97%. Estimates were derived and included in the totals for non-responding departments. The academic year 2009-10 has hit a number of all-time highs concerning astronomy education. New highs were reached in the areas of introductory astronomy course enrollments, senior-level astronomy majors, total number of astronomy graduate students and astronomy bachelor's degrees conferred. In 2010, 382 bachelor's were awarded with 36% (N=138) earned by women. Appended are: (1) Number of Astronomy Degrees Granted by Highest Astronomy Degree Offered by Department, 2009-10; and (2) Trend in Astronomy Enrollments and Degrees, Academic Years 2000-2011. (Contains 9 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center