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NSF Report: U.S. Doctorates In The Twentieth Century

October 13, 2006

On October 10, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a report on the trends and patterns of doctoral education in the twentieth century. Appropriately enough, it was titled: U.S. Doctorates In The Twentieth Century. I’m going to add this to my link list.

Although released under NSF auspices, it was co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for Humanities, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The report consists of six chapters and three appendices, so there’s no way to reflect on all of it here. An Insidehighered story provides some salient statistics. I will go through it in the next week reflect on some of it here.

As a teaser, I found this intriguing (from Insidehighered): “The median time it took to complete a Ph.D. (after receipt of a bachelor’s degree) increased from 7 years in 1920-24 to almost 11 years in 1995-99.” – TL


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