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Release: Jan. 5, 2000

Report: 93 percent of UI education Ph.D. recipients find employment

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ninety-three percent of 55 students who received doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa College of Education in the 1998-99 academic year found employment in teaching, research or other occupations directly related to their education preparation.

The figures from the UI Educational Placement Office include postdoctoral appointments, consulting and positions in clinical settings and private practice. They do not include data for three additional Ph.D. recipients whose employment status could not be determined.

Among the 55 Ph.D. recipients who found employment, 44 percent were employed at post-secondary institutions and16 percent were employed in elementary and secondary teaching and administration. Five percent of the students had not yet accepted an employment offer when the data was collected.

The graduates accepted employment in 16 states in the United States and seven other countries. Of those reporting employment, 37 percent found jobs in Iowa and 6 percent found employment in contiguous states. Another 31 percent reported employment in other states and 26 percent are employed in other countries. A number of the graduates employed in foreign countries are natives of those countries and whose studies at the University of Iowa were supported by their respective governments.

Of the 58 total doctorates awarded by the University of Iowa, 53 percent were awarded to women and 47 percent were awarded to men. In comparison, national figures from the National Research Council (reported recently in The Chronicle of Higher Education) show that of the 6,559 new doctorates in education awarded for the same period, 63 percent were awarded to women and 37 percent were awarded to males.