Study Description

Survey of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates (SRSEG), 1980

TITLE: Survey of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates, 1980. Also known as the NSF New Entrants Study, 1980.

STUDY NUMBER: AH-008-009-1-1-United States-DPLS-1980

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, engineering) were drawn 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. 61 of the 253 schools were excluded from the survey, reducing the sample size to 192 (16 schools refused to participate, 16 schools did not provide any lists, 29 schools sent incomplete forms). At the second stage, an initial selection of 27,759 graduates was made (1977/78: 9,562 with a Bachelor's and 4,283 with a Master's; 1978/79: 9,622 with a Bachelor's and 4,283 with a Master's). There was some attrition prior to the initial mailing due to incomplete addresses. This reduced the sample to 26,537 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 1977/1978 and 1978/1979 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 11,129 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 107 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.