Study Description

Survey of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates (SRSEG), 1979

TITLE: Survey of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates, 1979. Also known as the NSF New Entrants Study, 1979.

STUDY NUMBER: AH-008-008-1-1-United States-DPLS-1979

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 fairly complex sample design with extensive stratification, several stages of selection with varying probabilities, and a ratio estimation procedure was utilized. 253 colleges and universities offering a Bachelor's or Master's degree in any of the designated fields of science (mathematics, including computer science and statistics, engineering, biological sciences, agricultural sciences, psychology, social sciences, natural sciences) were drawn (three schools closed in the interim) 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 1976/1977 was used as the sampling frame. 25 of the 250 schools were excluded from the survey, reducing the sample size to 225. At the second stage, an initial selection of 29,000 graduates was made (18,000 with a Bachelor's, 9,000 each for academic years 1972/1973 and 1976/1977; 11,000 with a Master's, 5,500 for each year). There was some attrition prior to the initial mailing due to incomplete lists of graduates and other factors. This reduced the sample to 25,739 graduates. Reasons for nonresponse included invalid addresses and attitudes of graduates in psychology and the social sciences (didn't consider themselves as "scientists"). Out-of-scope cases included wrong degree or major and/or wrong year.

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 1972/1973 and 1976/1977 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 11,543 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 240 characters and 98 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 the 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.