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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008


Table A-6.4.  Number and percentage of degrees awarded to American Indian/Alaska Native students, by level of degree and sex: 1976–77 through 2005–06

Year Number of degrees conferred   American Indians/Alaska Natives as a percent of all degrees conferred to U.S. citizens
Associate's degrees Bachelor's degrees Master's degrees Doctoral degrees First-
professional
degrees1
Associate's degrees Bachelor's degrees Master's degrees Doctoral degrees First-
professional
degrees1
Total                      
1976–77 2,498 3,326 967 95 196   0.6 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3
1978–79 2,336 3,410 999 104 216   0.6 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3
1980–81 2,584 3,593 1,034 130 192   0.6 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.3
1984–85 2,953 4,246 1,256 119 248   0.7 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4
1986–87 3,195 3,968 1,103 105 304   0.7 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
1988–89 3,331 3,951 1,086 85 264   0.8 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.4
1989–90 3,430 4,390 1,090 98 257   0.8 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.4
1990–91 3,871 4,583 1,178 106 261   0.8 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
1991–92 4,060 5,228 1,280 120 298   0.8 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4
1992–93 4,408 5,683 1,405 107 370   0.9 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.5
1993–94 4,876 6,192 1,699 134 371   0.9 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5
1994–95 5,482 6,610 1,621 130 413   1.0 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.6
1995–96 5,573 6,976 1,778 159 463   1.0 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.6
1996–97 5,984 7,425 1,940 175 514   1.1 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.7
1997–98 6,246 7,903 2,053 186 561   1.1 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.7
1998–99 6,424 8,423 2,016 194 612   1.2 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.8
1999–2000 6,497 8,719 2,246 160 572   1.2 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.8
2000–01 6,623 9,049 2,481 177 543   1.2 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.7
2001–02 6,832 9,165 2,624 180 581   1.2 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.7
2002–03 7,461 9,875 2,858 196 586   1.2 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.7
2003–04 8,119 10,638 3,192 217 565   1.2 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.7
2004–05 8,435 10,307 3,295 237 564   1.2 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7
2005–06 8,552 10,940 3,504 230 710   1.2 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.8
Males                      
1976–77 1,216 1,804 521 67 159   0.6 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3
1978–79 1,069 1,736 495 69 150   0.6 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3
1980–81 1,108 1,700 501 95 134   0.6 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.3
1984–85 1,198 1,998 583 64 176   0.6 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.4
1986–87 1,263 1,817 518 57 183   0.7 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.4
1988–89 1,323 1,730 476 50 148   0.7 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3
1989–90 1,364 1,860 455 49 135   0.7 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3
1990–91 1,439 1,938 488 59 144   0.7 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3
1991–92 1,545 2,195 529 66 159   0.8 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
1992–93 1,680 2,450 584 52 192   0.8 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.4
1993–94 1,837 2,620 692 66 222   0.9 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5
1994–95 2,098 2,739 659 58 223   1.0 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.5
1995–96 1,993 2,885 705 80 256   0.9 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.6
1996–97 2,068 2,996 734 87 290   0.9 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.7
1997–98 2,252 3,151 782 83 291   1.1 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.7
1998–99 2,241 3,323 771 92 333   1.0 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.8
1999–2000 2,225 3,464 836 57 293   1.0 0.7 0.5 0.3 0.7
2000–01 2,294 3,700 917 76 278   1.0 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.7
2001–02 2,308 3,624 993 67 292   1.0 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.7
2002–03 2,618 3,870 1,027 76 296   1.1 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.7
2003–04 2,740 4,244 1,127 90 275   1.1 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.7
2004–05 2,774 4,143 1,160 87 288   1.1 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.7
2005–06 2,774 4,203 1,244 105 332   1.0 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.8
Females                      
1976–77 1,282 1,522 446 28 37   0.7 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.3
1978–79 1,267 1,674 504 35 66   0.6 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
1980–81 1,476 1,893 533 35 58   0.7 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3
1984–85 1,755 2,248 673 55 72   0.7 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.3
1986–87 1,932 2,151 585 48 121   0.8 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.5
1988–89 2,008 2,221 610 35 116   0.8 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.5
1989–90 2,066 2,530 635 49 122   0.8 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.5
1990–91 2,432 2,645 690 47 117   0.9 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4
1991–92 2,515 3,033 751 54 139   0.9 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.5
1992–93 2,728 3,233 821 55 178   0.9 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.6
1993–94 3,039 3,572 1,007 68 149   1.0 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5
1994–95 3,384 3,871 962 72 190   1.1 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.6
1995–96 3,580 4,091 1,073 79 207   1.1 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.7
1996–97 3,916 4,429 1,206 88 224   1.1 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7
1997–98 3,994 4,752 1,271 103 270   1.2 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.8
1998–99 4,183 5,100 1,245 102 279   1.2 0.8 0.5 0.6 0.8
1999–2000 4,272 5,255 1,410 103 279   1.3 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.8
2000–01 4,329 5,349 1,564 101 265   1.3 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.7
2001–02 4,524 5,541 1,631 113 289   1.3 0.8 0.6 0.7 0.8
2002–03 4,843 6,005 1,831 120 290   1.3 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.8
2003–04 5,379 6,394 2,065 127 290   1.4 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7
2004–05 5,661 6,164 2,135 150 276   1.3 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6
2005–06 5,778 6,737 2,260 125 378   1.3 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.9
1 A degree that signifies both completion of the academic requirements for beginning practice in a given profession and a level of professional skill beyond that normally required for a bachelor's degree. This degree usually is based on a program requiring at least 2 academic years of work prior to entrance and a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete the degree program, including both prior required college work and the professional program itself. First-professional degrees are awarded in the fields of dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, law, and theological professions.
NOTE: For the years 1984–85 through 2005–06, reported racial/ethnic distributions of students by level of degree, field of degree, and sex were used to impute race/ethnicity for students whose race/ethnicity was not reported. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2007, based on Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred," 1976–77 through 1984–85; and 1986–87 through 2005–06 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:87–99), and Fall 2000 through Fall 2006.

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