Each year, the Computing Research Association sponsors the Taulbee Survey of Ph.D. schools. While this survey covers many topics, one focus involves the plans of new Ph.D.s in computer science and computer engineering. While the survey includes various categories for positions, this page focuses on possible conclusions for schools whose highest degree is at the Masters or Bachelors level. While the Taulbee Survey publishes results on the basis of surveys completed, what follows also gives one possible extrapolation for all schools and new Ph.D.s.
Taulbee Survey -- Raw Data
|Ph.D. Departments Surveyed||162||182||203||214||215||225||225|
|Departments Responding||135 (83%)||144 (77%)||156 (77%)||173 (81%)||173 (80%)||182 (80%)||177 (79%)|
|Other (Masters' and Bachelors') Schools||42||31||27||29||32||13||38|
Taulbee Survey -- Extrapolations to 100%
|Other (Masters' and Bachelors') Schools||60||45||35||45||50||20||55|
All extrapolations are rounded to the nearest five and should be regarded as rough estimates -- at best.
These extrapolations are based on extending the proportions from the raw data to include the schools which did not respond. Also, the proportions of various known categories were used to place most of those listed as "Unknown" in the original surveys.
Extrapolations for 1996-1997 largely reflect presentations made at the 1998 Snowbird Conference.
Extrapolations for years since 1997 reflect my own computations, based primarily on extending maintaining proportions of known categories to the larger populations.
Direct comparison of raw results from year to year are difficult for at least two reasons. The number of schools sent surveys has increased somewhat over time. (For example, the 2001-2002 survey was sent to 225 schools, while the 2000-2001 survey was sent to 215 schools.) Also, the response rate and the specific schools returning surveys varies from year to year. Thus, while the survey base is steadily increasing, individual numbers may vary from year to year due to specifics on which schools responded. (For example, the raw data show an increase in the number of Ph.D.s from 1998-1999 to 1999-2000, but this increase is more than explained by an increase in the number of schools surveyed and then reporting. The number of schools surveyed increased 5.4%, from 203 to 214; and the number of schools responding jumped from 156 to 173, a 10.9% increase.)
While the number of new Ph.D. has decreased somewhat since 2000-2001, the overall totals for 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seem comparable to 1999-2000 and the two prior years. However, the distribution was significantly different.
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created April 11, 2000|
last revised March 14, 2004 by Henry M. Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.