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By Bernard L. Madison, Therese A. Hart

Describes the situations and concerns based on humans within the mathematical sciences, largely scholars and academics at US faculties and universities. right here, tendencies within the mathematical sciences' most beneficial source - its humans - are offered narratively, graphically, and numerically as a data base for policymakers.

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S. Department of Education for six years following high school graduation (NCES, 1989). Of those surveyed, about one-third had never enrolled in postsecondary education. Blacks and Hispanics were less likely to have attended college; this tendency is also reflected in the different enrollment rates of 18to 24-year-olds. Another one-third did start college, but not in the traditional way. Of the remaining one-third—those who did enroll full-time in college—about one-half persisted through four years of college, and three-fourths of these eventually attained degrees.

S. 6 Shifting interest in selected majors. Left: Anticipated college major of entering freshmen. Right: Bachelor's degrees of exiting seniors. Sources: Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP, 1987a) and National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, 1987b). 17 About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files. Page breaks are true to the original; line lengths, word breaks, heading styles, and other typesetting-specific formatting, however, cannot be retained, and some typographic errors may have been accidentally inserted.

For students continuing on to doctoral degrees, conferral of a bachelor's degree can be viewed as a midpoint in the educational process. From this viewpoint, the pipeline begins seven to eight years earlier in high school. At this critical stage students either take the requisite courses to continue in the pipeline or they drop out of the science and engineering track. At various points in the pipeline, losses occur, and students are not likely to return once they have left. After the conferral of the bachelor's degree, seven to eight years are required to complete work for the doctoral degree for those who do continue.

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