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Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: Summary Report 2007-08




This year's edition of the Summary Report from the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) reflects six changes from previous editions.

Multiple Year Format. Both 2007 and 2008 data are presented in this report to expedite release of 2 years of data. Only a few 2007 SED data tables could be released in 2008, pending development of new data protection procedures. The full complement of 2007 SED data tables is released in a special section in this report, without accompanying discussion. The narrative section of the report discusses the results of the 2008 SED, with figures and 2008 summary and detailed data tables. Future editions of the SED Summary Report will return to a single-year format.

Report Organization. The current-year summary and detailed data tables now follow the body of the report. The 2007 data supplement follows the current-year data tables. Locating all data tables together should make it easier for readers to find the data they want. Appendix A now provides the technical notes and includes information for both the 2007 and 2008 SED cycles. Appendix B includes the questionnaires for both survey years.

New Disclosure Protection Procedure. A new disclosure protection procedure has been applied to detailed data tables 36 and 37 (formerly appendix tables A-1 and A-2), resulting in minor revisions to the tables. In a series of outreach meetings held late in 2008, representatives of the SED data user community provided important insights that shaped the design of this new procedure. See "Disclosure Protection," appendix A, for further detail.

Reporting of Citizenship Status. In past editions of the Summary Report, tables reporting citizenship status have displayed U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary visa holders as separate citizenship categories. Beginning with this year's edition only two citizenship categories will be reported, and the data of U.S. citizen doctorate recipients will be combined with that of permanent resident doctorate recipients.

New Race Category. Respondents to the SED who indicated more than one race will now be reported in a separate "multi-race" category in all Summary Report tables reporting race/ethnicity data. In previous Summary Reports these respondents had been grouped into the "Other/Unknown" race/ethnicity category.

New Publisher. The SED Summary Report is now published by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the other federal sponsors. Previous Summary Reports had been published by the SED survey contractor.

Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: Summary Report 2007-08
Special Report | NSF 10-309 | December 2009