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Report 93-13: Major Gains and Losses, 1986-87 to 1991-92: A Report on Shifts in the Popularity of Various Academic Disciplines as Fields of Study at California's Public Universities

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

June 1993

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This is the third in a series of reports issued periodically by the Commission that describe trends in student majors at California's colleges and universities, based on the number of degrees awarded in various academic categories. This present document reviews trends over the six years between 1986-87 and 1991-92 at the California State University and the University of California. Following a brief introduction that describes the origins and scope of the report, it summarizes changes in the number of degrees awarded in 28 disciplinary categories by the State University (pages 3-18) and in 27 categories by the University (page 19-40). It identifies these shifts in student fields of interest across several dimensions - including level of study, gender, racial/ethnic group, and resident/nonresident status. Its text is supplemented by displays that provide graphic illustrations of these changes in student degree patterns over the six-year period. The appendix on pages 41-87 contains these illustrations for each of the two universities by disciplinary category, level of study, and racial/ethnic group or non-resident alien status. One of the notable trends evident from the report - and a reversal of the trend obvious during the mid 1980s - is that students in both universities are increasingly graduating in humanities and social science-based disciplines and decreasingly in technology- and science-based fields.

The Educational Policy and Programs Committee of the Commission discussed this report at its meeting on June 28, 1993.

Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis | Program Review

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