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FIGURE TS-1A Number of first-year graduate students and number of S&E degrees conferred, by degree type, 1992-2001.

SOURCE: Data on first-year graduates are from National Science Foundation. Survey of Graduate Student and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering. NSF 03-320. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2003. Degree data from National Science Foundation. Science and Engineering Degrees: 1966-2001. NSF 04-311. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2003.

FIGURE TS-1B Number of S&E master’s degrees awarded, by field, 1985-2001.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation. Science and Engineering Degrees: 1966-2001. NSF 04-311. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2003.

well in engineering: undergraduate student decisions to major in particular fields vary depending on business cycles.

Research indicates that large schools, which often foster a competitive “weeding out” environment, have a much higher attrition rate than smaller schools. This environment can be compounded by the culture of specific



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