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CGS Report Highlights Completion Trends of Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Doctoral Programs

June 29, 2015 Comments off

CGS Report Highlights Completion Trends of Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Doctoral Programs
Source: Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) today released findings from the Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion (DIMAC), a 3-year study that examined patterns of degree completion and attrition among underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF #1138814), the project collected data from doctoral students at twenty-one universities in the United States, including universities affiliated with NSF’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program.

The most recent project in a series of CGS research studies on doctoral completion trends, DIMAC has resulted in the most comprehensive account of STEM doctoral completion and attrition for underrepresented minorities (URM) in the U.S. In the context of the study, URM includes U.S. students and permanent residents who self-identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African-American, and Hispanic/Latino.

The DIMAC report provides completion rates, attrition rates, times-to-degree and times-to-attrition of URM STEM doctoral students using data spanning academic years 1992/93 to 2011/12. There is some data to suggest that from the earliest cohort to the most recent, there have been slight improvements in completion outcomes.

A key finding of the data on student completion rates is that completion outcomes vary by student characteristics, with some of the most notable differences emerging in the analysis of race/ethnicity and field of study. Over a ten-year period, 54% of students completed a doctorate. Looking at ten-year completion data by student characteristics,

  • doctoral students in the life sciences completed at 63%, while candidates in physical &mathematical sciences experienced a rate of 45%.
  • Hispanic/Latinos completed at a rate of 58%, while Black/African Americans completed at a rate of50%.
  • women completed at a rate of 56%, while the ten-year completion rate for men was 52%.
  • ten-year completion was 57% for students with a prior master’s degree, and 52% for those withouta master’s.

Graduate Schools Report Slower Growth in New Students for Fall 2013

September 24, 2014 Comments off

Graduate Schools Report Slower Growth in New Students for Fall 2013
Source: Council of Graduate Schools

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) today reported a 1.0% increase in first-time enrollment between fall 2012 and fall 2013. More than 459,000 students enrolled for the first time in graduate certificate, education specialist, master’s, or doctoral programs for the fall 2013 term, according to institutions responding to the CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees, an annual survey that has been conducted since 1986.

Despite the gains in first-time enrollment, total graduate enrollment fell 0.2% between fall 2012 and fall 2013 following a 2.3% decline in the previous year. Total graduate enrollment was about 1.7 million students in fall 2013.

The data show diverging trends by residency status. While first-time enrollment of U.S. citizens and permanent residents shrank by 0.9%, the increase of 11.5% in first-time enrollment of temporary residents was enough to push the overall rate of change into positive territory. Temporary residents represented one-in-five new graduate students at U.S. programs in fall 2013.

Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2001 to 2011

October 16, 2012 Comments off

Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2001 to 2011

Source: Council of Graduate Schools

The complete survey report, Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2001 to 2011, is available below. This year’s survey was sent to a total of 788 colleges and universities, and usable responses were received from 655 institutions, for an overall response rate of 83%. The responding institutions confer about 74% of the 688,000 master’s degrees and 91% of the 69,000 doctorates awarded each year by U.S. colleges and universities.

The CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees is the only national survey that collects data on first-time and total graduate enrollment by field across all fields of graduate study. It is also the only source of data on graduate enrollment by degree level (master’s versus doctoral) and the only national survey that collects data on applications to graduate school by field of study.

Information by broad field is publicly available here. CGS members also have access to a special online report, which includes data by fine field of study.

PSM (Professional Science Masters) grad data show strong career outcomes

November 6, 2011 Comments off

PSM grad data show strong career outcomes (PDF)
Source: Council of Graduate Schools

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) released the results of its first Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Student Outcomes Survey, documenting initial hiring outcomes for 2010-11 graduates and perceived satisfaction with the PSM degree. The PSM is an innovative, new graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. PSM programs prepare graduates for careers in business, government, and non-profit organizations, combining rigorous study in science and/or mathematics with coursework in management, policy, law and related fields. Most PSM programs require a final project or team experience, as well as a “real-world” internship in a business or public sector enterprise.

“The results of this survey confirm the value of Professional Science Master’s degrees to both degree holders and employers given that 82% of PSM graduates had jobs soon after receiving their degrees,” said Debra W. Stewart, CGS President. She added, “This is a heartening statistic given the current economic environment and highlights the fact that employers want and seek highly skilled people with advanced degrees.”

This new report includes data on the reasons students enrolled in PSM programs, their experiences and satisfaction with them, their current employment status, salaries, and the perceived value of a PSM degree.

+ Full Report (PDF)

New Grad Enrollment Falls 1.1% in 2010

September 23, 2011 Comments off

New Grad Enrollment Falls 1.1% in 2010
Source: Council of Graduate Schools

The enrollment of new students at U.S. graduate schools fell 1.1% in 2010, according to the annual CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees. This is the first decrease in first-time graduate enrollment since fall 2003 and the fall occurred despite an 8.4% increase in applications to U.S. graduate schools. First-time enrollment of domestic students fell 1.2% versus international students (up 4.7% after a decline last year).

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International Graduate Admissions See Largest Increase Since 2006

August 29, 2011 Comments off

International Graduate Admissions See Largest Increase Since 2006 (PDF)
Source: Council of Graduate Schools

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is reporting that offers of admission from U.S. graduate schools to prospective international students increased 11% from 2010 to 2011 after an increase of 3% last year. The 11% gain is the largest increase in offers of admission since 2006.

The survey report on admissions trends, released today, shows that the growth was driven substantially by a 23% increase in offers of admission to prospective students from China, the sixth year in a row of double-digit gains. Offers of admission to students from the Middle East and Turkey rose 16%, the fourth consecutive year of significant growth. Students from India saw an 8% increase, the first gain since 2007, and offers of admission to prospective South Korean students remained flat after four consecutive years of declines.

“While the growth in admissions is driven in large part by increases from China, it also reflects a broader trend as evidenced by strong numbers from the Middle East and India and a stabilization in the numbers from South Korea,” said Debra W. Stewart, CGS President. “This kind of strong growth in international student applications and admissions is a real testament to the quality of our graduate institutions in an increasingly competitive marketplace,” she added.

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