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Geoscience Enrollments Remain Robust in 2016-2017

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained relatively steady during the 2016-2017 academic year.   Undergraduate enrollments have not substantially changed since 2012.  However, a growing percentage of those undergraduate enrollments are in online degree programs, which have been offsetting enrollment declines particularly seen in private 4-year colleges and regional state universities.   Following national trends observed across STEM fields in the past couple of years, geoscience graduate enrollment levels have declined 8%.

Online Coursework in Geoscience Departments

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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Online courses and programs in higher education have been a growing phenomenon for the past two decades. In recent years, geoscience programs have increasingly been adding online components to their curricula. During the survey in preparation for the 2018 Directory of Geoscience Departments, we asked departments about the state of online courses in their program.
 

Trends in the Immediate Career Plans of Geoscience Graduates, 2013-2017

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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The Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates 2017 report examines the prior five years of data and explores a number of emerging trends. In particular, the trends of employment of recent graduates in the geosciences and of the recent graduates planning to attend graduate school are showing new emerging developments in 2017.
 

Prerequisite Course Requirements for Participation in Field Camps Across the U.S.

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126
Monday, April 16, 2018
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Prerequisite requirements for 67 US-based field camps were identified from syllabus and camp websites and categorized into one of ten overarching course topics. Additionally, the field camps themselves were classified as either a traditional camp (4 to 6 week summer field experience) or a non-traditional camp (any camp not classified as a 4 to 6 week summer field experience) in order to understand the potential differences in prerequisite requirements between these two types of camps. There were 45 and 22 traditional and non-traditional camps, respectively.
 

U.S. Female Geoscience Enrollments and Degrees Experience - Marked Change in 2016

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124
Thursday, December 28, 2017

The participation rate of women in geoscience degree programs saw marked changes in 2016.  There was a spate of doctoral degrees awarded to women in 2016, which has also been reflected in a decline in the participation rate of graduate enrollment of women. We observe that often December graduates and prior summer graduates are counted as “degrees awarded,” but not as “enrolled.”  The percent of women receiving bachelor and master’s degrees remained steady, but undergraduate enrollment rates increased sharply to near historic highs at 44%.  

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