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ERIC Number: ED547610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
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Physics Enrollments in Two-Year Colleges: Results from the 2012 Survey of Physics in Two-Year Colleges. Focus On
White, Susan; Chu, Raymond
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
This "Focus On" first considers the role two-year colleges (TYCs) play in post-secondary physics education. In their 2007 Survey of Undergraduate Seniors in degree-granting physics departments, the authors asked students if they had begun their post-secondary education at a TYC. Nine percent of the physics undergraduate seniors in 2007 had started their college education at a TYC. These physics majors differ significantly from those who did not start at a TYC. First, the physics seniors who started at a TYC are more racially diverse: about twenty percent of those who started at a TYC were Hispanic or a non-Asian minority. A second major difference between physics seniors who started at a TYC and those who did not is their high school physics experience. More than one-fourth of those who started at a TYC did not take physics in high school, and only 18% took AP physics. The 6% of those who did not start at a TYC and did not take physics is consistent with the 5% of high school seniors who attend a school where physics is not offered. After highlighting these findings, the authors of this "Focus On" determine how many two-year colleges might reasonably be expected to offer courses in physics and conclude with a discussion of the prevalence of physics offerings at two-year colleges.
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 - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center