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ERIC Number: EJ829019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-16
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
First National Picture of Trends in the Humanities Is Unveiled
Howard, Jennifer
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n19 pA8 Jan 2009
When it comes to hard data about what they do, policy makers and educators in the humanities have been mostly left out in the cold, forced to rely on isolated statistics that do not give an overview of the field. That changed this month, as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences unveiled the prototype of its long-awaited Humanities Indicators project. Patterned after the Science and Engineering Indicators generated every two years by the National Science Board, the Humanities Indicators deliver a bonanza of statistics on almost every aspect of humanities education, employment, and research. This article reports on the Humanities Indicators project, which reveals the national picture of trends in the humanities and provides straightforward statistical snapshots, without judgments or diagnoses. The idea was born more than a decade ago, when the academy joined forces with other leading humanities organizations--including the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Alliance--to come up with an infrastructure to make it easier to collect, analyze, and publish humanities-related data. The project received a major grant early on from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and got another big boost three years ago with an infusion of $701,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A