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Geography in Higher Education

AAG Data

Every year the AAG collects data from geography departments in colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. This information includes details about undergraduate and graduate programs, types of degrees offered and degrees granted, numbers of majors, student and faculty demographics, faculty salaries, student assistantships, and professional development activities.

AAG Geography Department Data


Further Resources and Links

US Doctorates in the 20th Century
This report from the National Science Foundation examines trends in doctoral education since 1920. The report analyzes trends in science and engineering fields as well as non-S&E fields, and discusses issues ranging from time-to-degree to post-doctorate career patterns. Download historical data on PhDs awarded in Geography or a full copy of the report.

Graduate Stipend Data (2006)
B.L. Turner and Deb Sinha of Clark University conducted a survey in 2006 to acquire data on graduate stipends in geography. 51 programs were contacted and 34 responded. See the results [Excel spreadsheet].

Digest of Education Statistics
The Digest of Education Statistics provides a compilation of statistical information on schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, and international education. The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

National Research Council Survey and Ranking of US Doctoral Programs

The National Research Council conducts periodic surveys to assess and rank US doctoral programs. The most recent data were released in September 2010 based on data collected during the 2005-2006 academic year from over 5,000 programs in 62 fields at 212 universities nationwide.

Careers of Geography PhDs: Findings from Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out 
The Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out survey is CIRGE’s (Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education) latest contribution to PhD career path and retrospective program evaluation. Funded by the Ford Foundation, Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out surveyed PhD recipients who received their degrees between 1995 and 1999 from 65 U.S. universities in six disciplines—anthropology, communications, geography, history, political science, and sociology.

College Board Data
The College Board publishes data, reports, and research links about trends in higher education, admissions testing scores, the Advanced Placement programs and more.

 Journal Articles

Published research on geography in higher education, particularly in the United States, including geography programs, and student experiences at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Journal Articles on Geography in Higher Education



Search Data and Resources by Theme

Each thematic section features different datasets and analytical reports, as well as links to external sources of data and research.