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By Bernard L. Madison, Therese A. Hart

Describes the situations and concerns situated on humans within the mathematical sciences, mostly scholars and lecturers at US faculties and universities. the following, traits within the mathematical sciences' most dear source - its humans - are awarded narratively, graphically, and numerically as a data base for policymakers.

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Mathematics has always been a major part of higher education, but its fundamental role in society has expanded significantly in recent years. The complex circumstances in higher education and in the work force described above have combined with equally complex circumstances within the mathematical sciences to produce layers of formidable and interconnected problems that must be solved to meet the nation's needs for mathematically educated workers. 1 Attainment rates of advanced degrees for selected fields, 1971 to 1985 Master' s/Bachelor's Doctoral/Master's (2-year lag) (5-year lag) All natural science and engineering 22% 21% Engineering 33% 17% Life sciences 14% 54% Physical sciences 25% 56% 21% 18% Mathematical sciences Doctoral/Bachelor's (7-year lag) 5% 6% 8% 15% 4% SOURCES: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, 1987) and National Science Foundation (NSF, 1987b).

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. Please use the print version of this publication as the authoritative version for attribution. COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES 20 Of the 2,500 institutions that have mathematical sciences programs, about 1,000 are two-year institutions, another 1,000 offer a bachelor's degree as their highest mathematical sciences degree, nearly 300 offer master's degrees as their highest degree, and nearly 200 offer a doctoral degree in the mathematical sciences.

S. 2 million in 1985. This age group constituted one-quarter of all enrollments in 1985. The second factor is the growing enrollments of foreign nationals. S. colleges and universities has increased by about 50% in the past ten years (NCES, 1987a). S. 18-to 24-year-olds who were high school graduates were enrolled in college, and this fraction represented about one of every four in the total cohort of that age. The relationship between this segment of the population and those enrolled in colleges and universities is not direct, for, in recent years, while the 18- to 24- year-old population was decreasing, enrollments in colleges and universities were increasing.

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