Trends in professional degree enrollments

Pomp and Circumstance

From the FT, re MBA programs:

Applications for full-time two-year MBA courses fell in most US business schools last year, according to the latest figures from the Graduate Management Admission Council, the owner and administrator of the GMAT admission exam.


In the US, 53 per cent of schools running full-time two-year MBA courses reported a decline in application numbers in 2016, while 40 per cent reported growth.


Meanwhile, the percentage of business schools worldwide reporting growth in applications declined for a third straight year, from 61 per cent in 2014 to 57 per cent in 2015 to 43 per cent this year.

Smaller courses tended to be worst hit while those with larger student intakes experienced growth.


However part-time MBA courses continue to struggle to raise demand, according to the GMAC figures, with just 43 per cent of these programmes reporting a rise in applications compared with half reporting a decline in volumes.


But he added that the increasing number of tailored business qualifications, such as the master in data analytics degree, meant that there was a more “mixed picture” in terms of demand for specific business schools.

Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2005 to 2015

Now available from CGS.


Applications and first-time enrollment in U.S. graduate programs continue to grow. For only the second time since the survey was initiated in 1986, the number of applications for master’s and research doctoral programs has surpassed two million. Institutions responding to the survey reported a total of 506,927 graduate students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2015, a record high.

Domestic first-time graduate enrollment is increasing. The 3.8% increase in first-time graduate enrollment among U.S. citizens and permanent residents is sizable compared to the changes between Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 (1.3%). U.S. citizens and permanent residents also continue to constitute the majority of first-time graduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions (78.0% in Fall 2015).

Robust first-time graduate enrollment increases at public institutions. First-time graduate enrollment at public institutions rose by 4.9%, compared to the 1.8% increase at private, not-for-profit institutions.

First-time international graduate enrollment growth slows down. First-time graduate enrollment of international students rose by 5.7%, a rate considerably lower than in recent years. This change in growth also occurred within the broad fields of study, particularly in engineering and mathematics and computer sciences where growth slowed substantially.

Total graduate enrollment continues to be at. Despite increases in applications and first-time graduate enrollment, total enrollment remains relatively unchanged since its peak in 2013, a reflection of lower growth in first-time enrollment in previous years.

Strong growth in URM first-time graduate enrollment. Between Fall 2014 and Fall 2015, increases in first-time graduate enrollment for all underrepresented minority (URM) groups were greater than for White, non-Hispanic counterparts.

CFP: Russell Sage Foundation’s New Initiative on Computational Social Science

Call for Proposals: New Initiative on Computational Social Science

RSF’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) will support innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, and Social Inequality. We are especially interested in novel uses of new or under-utilized data and new methods for analyzing these data. Smaller projects might consist of a pilot study to demonstrate proof-of-concept. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results (within our budget guidelines). Applications must be limited to no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project (including overhead). A letter of inquiry must precede a full proposal to determine whether the proposed project meets RSF’s priorities under this special initiative.

The deadline for letters of inquiry is November 30, 2016 at 2pm ET. Click here for detailed information on the initiative, budget guidelines, and application requirements.

New datasets at ICPSR

36146 National Health Interview Survey, 2012

36173 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA): Loan Application Register (LAR) and Transmittal Sheet (TS) Raw Data, 2013

36399 Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data: County-Level Detailed Arrest and Offense Data, 2014

36463 Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2013 [United States]

36476 Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012 [United States]

36498 Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study [United States] Public-Use Files

36512 Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2014 [United States]

New PAR symposium on publicness and universities

Derrick Anderson of Arizona State University and I have written the introduction to a new PAR symposium on publicness and universities. It’s now out on Early View. Here’s our abstract:

This introduction to the symposium on the institutional design frontiers of publicness and university performance summarizes the range of diverse intellectual and practical perspectives converging on the idea that issues of design and publicness are important for thinking about the future of higher education. Collectively, the articles featured in this symposium demonstrate that the challenges facing higher education exhibit assorted social, economic, and political complexities. Public administration perspectives can play a key role in understanding and reshaping our higher education system into a more responsive social enterprise.