This page was republished and archived on June 28, 2017.

This series of charts and tables was initially part of a roundtable discussion at the LSA Annual Meeting 2011 by the Linguistics in Higher Education Committee and originals can be found at Status of Linguistics in 2011. They have been updated in 2013 to reflect more current data.


Sources of the Data

The sources of the data reported in the tables include:

  • Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED): collected annually by survey of doctoral recipients representing approximately 420 institutions.

  • Survey of Doctoral Recipients (SDR): collected from a sample of doctoral recipients; reported data are weighted from the sample.

  • Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS): collected from tallies provided by annual survey of approximately 4200 institutions.

Bachelors and Masters degree data come only from IPEDS, but Doctoral degree data can be tapped from all three data files. Since the sampling and data collection methods for these sources differ, there are discrepancies between them in the number of doctorate degrees earned.

The data for Linguistic programs and degrees earned can sometimes be located directly in published tables. In other cases, the data can be queried directly from the source data bases. WebCASPAR was used to generate some of the tables on which the charts were based. In these cases links are provided to the Excel tables output from WebCASPAR. For published tables, the table itself is cited with a link to its Web location.

NCES at the Department of Education also provides a tool to search IPEDS. This tool will generate record level data for each reporting institution. When inspecting these records, it is apparent that the data points for Linguistics PhDs from a number of institutions from 2008 (and possibly 2007) are missing. Consequently, the number of Linguistic doctorates reported from IPEDS for these years is seriously undercounted. For this reason, we have relied on the SED data for reporting doctorates in Linguistics. The one exception is the table Trends in Growth of Linguistic Degrees: 2000-2012 in which comparisons between degree types (BA, MA, and PhD) are made. It was felt to be more informative to compare the degree types from the same database (IPEDS) to reflect their common data collection procedures.