GC Ranks Among Top Institutions Awarding Ph.D.s to URM Students

American universities granted a record number of Ph.D.s in 2015 — with the Graduate Center among the top 10 institutions awarding doctorates to members of underrepresented minority groups, according to new federal data presented in Inside Higher Ed
Twenty institutions were responsible for nearly a third of the roughly 11,000 Hispanic and Latino Ph.D. holders produced by American universities from 2011 to 2015. The GC is ranked at #9, alongside the University of California, the University of Arizona, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
The findings come from the Survey of Earned Doctorates, covering the year 2015. The survey, the best available data on Ph.D. graduates, is conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago on behalf of six federal agencies.
Among the other findings:

  • While 2015 numbers were high, the rate of growth in the number of Ph.D. recipients continued a several-year decline.
  • The percentage of doctorate recipients who are Hispanic increased by 8.67 percent in 2015, larger than the increase for Asian (6.6 percent), black (4.8 percent) or white Americans (2.5 percent).
  • The proportion of new Ph.D. holders who are men continued to edge up slightly, as it has for much of this decade, to 53.8 percent.
  • The increase of roughly 1,000 more doctorates granted in 2015 than 2014 can be attributed largely to a handful of fields —  engineering, education and some social sciences.
  • About 12.5 percent of all doctorate recipients in 2015 had attended a community college.
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Submitted on: DEC 9, 2016

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