Study Description

Survey of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates, 1976

TITLE: Survey of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates, 1976. Also known as the NSF New Entrants Study, 1976.

STUDY NUMBER: AH-008-006-1-1-United States-DPLS-1976

ORIGINATING ORGANIZATION OR RESEARCHER: Conducted by Westat, Inc. for the National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resource Studies, Manpower Characteristics Studies Group.

DPLS SOURCE: National Science Foundation..

METHODOLOGY: A two-stage sample was designed, 365 colleges and universities offering a Bachelor's or Master's degree in any of the designated fields of science (natural sciences, mathematics, including computer sciences and statistics, engineering, biological sciences, psychology, agricultural sciences, and social sciences) was drawn (5 schools were considered out-of-scope) based on the proportion of graduates in the various fields and other factors. The Higher Education General Information Surveys (HEGIS) file of the National Center for Higher Education for 1972/1973 was used as the sampling frame. 63 of the 360 schools did not participate, reducing the sample size to 297. At the second stage, an initial selection of 16,000 graduates was made (14,000 with a Bachelor's, 7000 each for academic years 1973/1974 and 1974/1975; 2000 with Master's, 1000 for each year). There was a considerable amount of attrition because (1) lists of graduates supplied by schools included some cases that were out-of-scope (wrong degree or major, wrong year, or out-of-scope country) and (2) a high non-response rate. The weighting of the sample results was done via a ratio estimate procedure.

SUMMARY OF CONTENTS: This survey is one component of an ongoing study of the quantity and characteristics of U.S. scientific and engineering human resources, initiated by the National Science Foundation in July, 1971. This survey was designed to obtain information on the occupational and educational status of graduates who received a bachelor's or master's degree during the 1973/1974 and 1974/1975 academic years in one of seven major fields of science. Data are available on education, demographic characteristics, employment, primary work activities, and median salaries earned. There are 9,812 respondents in the file.

GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE: United States.

DESCRIPTORS: survey, occupation, education, sex, race, ethnicity, work history, salary, natural scientist, social scientist, engineer.

TECHNICAL NOTES: The file is rectangular with a logical record length of 160 characters and 81 variables.

TERMS OF AVAILABILITY: There are no restrictions on access to the public file.

CITED REFERENCES: Results of analyses have been published in various reports issued by the National Science Foundation.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DONATION: These data were deposited at DPLS by Morris Cobern, Utilization Studies Group, Division of Science Resource Studies, National Science Foundation, Washington D.C. Funding support for acquisition of the data was provided under a grant (Grant No. SRS-7923292) to the Data and Program Library Service from the Division of Science Resources Studies, National Science Foundation.