The United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER) Board has published a report focusing on the number of graduate degrees that were awarded in Geo-Engineering Programs during the 2018-2019 academic year.
In the present survey, the term Geo-Engineering refers to all the programs that include Geotechnical, Geological, and Geoenvironmental engineering studies. The degrees accounted for the study were both PhD and MS/MEng.
The survey was conducted between May 26, 2020, to July 17, 2020. The questions posed are presented in the following Table:
1. What is the name of your institution?
2. What is the highest degree awarded by your institution? (PhD, MS, BS)
3. How many T/TT faculty belong to the Geo-Engineering group in your department?
4. How many PhD degrees in Geo-Engineering did your department confer for AY 2018-2019?
5. How many MSc degrees in Geo - Engineering did your department confer for AY 2018-2019?
6. Does your department track placement of your graduating MSc and/or PhD students? (yes, no, I don’t know)
Out of the 138 institutions that belong to the USUCGER, 67 responded to the survey. 56 of them were PhD granting institutions, 10 were MS/MEng granting institutions and 1 was a Baccalaureate granting institution.
90 PhD degrees were awarded during the 2018-2019 academic year. 65% of them were granted to men and 35% to women. Moreover, 10% of the degrees were awarded to Underrepresented Minority (URM) students.
When it comes to MS/MEng degrees, the survey findings included 230 degrees, 72% granted to men, 28% to women while 23% awarded to URMs.
Information on whether institutions provide post-graduate placements for both PhD and/or MS/MEng graduates was also collected. 42% of the answers were positive, 29% were negative and 19% of the respondents stated that they did not know at that time.
The authors of the study recognize that there were certain limitations on the findings of the survey since 49% of the USUCGER membership responded. Nevertheless, according to the report, they represent a good sample of the graduate degree-granting Geo-Engineering programs in the US.
The current initiative is new and similar surveys will be conducted annually.
The USUCGER report is permanently archived using a DOI within Geoengineer.org.
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