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National Science Foundation National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
Science and Engineering Degrees, by Race/Ethnicity of Recipients: 1995-2004

 


General Notes

 

This publication is based on data obtained from two surveys. Bachelor's and master's degree data were collected by the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, from all accredited institutions of higher education. Data on doctorates are from the Survey of Earned Doctorates, a universe survey of individual doctorate recipients sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and five other federal agencies.

These data cover earned degrees conferred in the aggregate United States, which compromises the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories and outlying areas (American Samoa, the former Canal Zone, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands). Degree data are compiled for a 12-month period, July through June of the following year. For convenience, degrees in a given July-through-June period are referred to by the year in which the period ended; e.g., 2004 means the 12-month period ending June 2004.

Earlier data for science fields are provided in Science and Engineering Degrees, by Race/Ethnicity of Recipients: 1977-91, NSF 94-306. Please note, however, that before 1985, the broad category "engineering" included engineering technologies. In the present report, "engineering" excludes engineering technologies, making trend data by race/ethnicity more consistent with the definition of science and engineering used in other NSF reports. Data on engineering technologies degrees are provided in tables 31 and 32, and the reader can add in these data to have "engineering" correspond to the earlier report (NSF 94-306).

 
Science and Engineering Degrees, by Race/Ethnicity of Recipients: 1995-2004
Detailed Statistical Tables | NSF 07-308 | January 2007