Organization of This Report
Chapter 2 focuses on precollege mathematics and science education, including science and mathematics achievement, course taking, attitudes toward science and engineering, and school differences in curricula, resources, activities, and teacher qualifications.
Chapter 3 examines undergraduate education as preparation both for careers and for graduate education. This chapter presents data on trends in enrollments and degrees in 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, characteristics of first-year students, and financial support. It also discusses attrition and characteristics of undergraduate environments that are conducive to retention of women, minorities, and students with disabilities.
Chapter 4 addresses graduate enrollment, degrees, and financial support. It presents data on trends in enrollments and degrees, primary source of support in graduate school, time to completion of PhD, and postdoctoral fellowships.
Chapter 5 examines employment patterns including unemployment, underemployment, full- and part-time employment, and employment by field and sector. It also examines career patterns and attrition out of science and engineering, and focuses separately on academic and nonacademic employment.