A great deal of data is collected by others on geography departments, individual geographers, and on education and employment issues of potential use to our departments, programs, and individual members. These data are scattered and often not easily available or understood. They are frequently collected as part of larger data collection efforts, and extracting, disaggregating, and interpreting the geography relevant information from it can be challenging. Examples of such data include the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), the NRC Surveys of PhD Programs; the PhD Five Years Out surveys; the National Science Foundation compilations; data collected or compiled on the discipline by individual researchers or departments; and many other sources. Below are links to the most pertinent of these third-party data collection efforts.
Geography Degrees Conferred in the US, 1947-2006 (Download PDF) This table uses data from the National Center for Education Statistics to provide annual information, by sex, on bachelor, masters, and PhD degrees conferred in Geography in the United States.
US Doctorates in the 20th Century (http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf06319/appa.cfm) 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.
Digest of Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/) The Digest of Education Statistics provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. 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).
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.
GENIP Data on K-12 Education (http://genip.tamu.edu/)
The Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP) website provides links to data and reports on geography in American schools.
National Research Council Survey and Ranking of US Doctoral Programs (http://www7.nationalacademies.org/resdoc/) The National Research Council conducts periodic surveys to asssess and rank US doctoral programs. The most current data (and accompanying report) were released September 2010, and includes information on over 5,000 programs in 62 fields at 212 universities nationwide. The data were collected during the 2005-2006 academic year. Data from the previous survey were published in 1995.
Careers of Geography PhDs: Findings from Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out (http://depts.washington.edu/cirgeweb/c/research/social-science-phds%E2%80%94five-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 (http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research) The College Board publishes data, reports, and research links about trends in higher education, admissions testing scores, the Advanced Placement programs and more.