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NSF Report Places Hope as Leading
Source of Future Ph.D. Recipients

Posted December 3, 1997

          HOLLAND -- A report from the National Science
  Foundation (NSF) places Hope in the top 25 nationally among
  baccalaureate colleges as a source of future Ph.D.
  recipients in the sciences (including social sciences) and
  engineering.
          Released earlier this year, the report examines
  the undergraduate origins of science and engineering
  doctorate recipients from 1991 to 1995.  A total of 110 Hope
  graduates earned Ph.D.s. in the relevant fields during the
  five-year period.
          "This report provides an important perspective on
  the quality of the undergraduate education at Hope College,"
  said Dr. Jacob E. Nyenhuis, who is provost and professor of
  classics at Hope.
          "Since the NSF limits its data to the natural and
  social sciences, and since there's not a comparable national
  study covering the same period for the other disciplines, we
  cannot make the same statistical claims for other
  disciplines," he said.  "But I believe that one can safely
  say that over the last 25 years, the national reputation of
  the college has been enhanced in many disciplines, and that
  these data are reflective of the increasing recognition that
  Hope programs and Hope graduates are achieving."
          The general fields listed in the study are:
  physical sciences, including chemistry, and physics and
  astronomy; earth, atmospheric and oceanographic sciences;
  mathematics; computer sciences; biological and agricultural
  sciences; psychology; social sciences; and engineering.
          Hope ranked third among the nation's baccalaureate
  colleges in originating recipients of doctorates in
  chemistry from 1991 to 1995, with a total of 29.  Chemistry
  holds the same distinction for 1920-1990.
          The department of psychology was in a tie for 14th
  nationally among baccalaureate colleges, with 25 recipients
  during the same five years.
          The top 25 institutions in the NSF's
  "baccalaureate colleges" list originated 31.9 percent of all
  graduates from baccalaureate colleges who went on to earn
  doctorates in the sciences and engineering.  Collectively,
  the schools were the origin of 3,686 of 11,556 doctorate
  recipients.
          Hope and Kalamazoo were the only Michigan
  institutions among the top 25 on the "baccalaureate
  colleges" list.  A sampling of the other colleges in the
  top-25 list includes Oberlin, Carleton, Swarthmore, St.
  Olaf, Wellesley, Grinnell, Vassar, Amherst and Wheaton.
          Out of all colleges and universities in the nation
  that originated 10 or more doctoral recipients in the
  sciences and engineering -- including not only undergraduate
  schools but large research universities as well -- Hope
  placed in the top 25 percent, ranking 178th out of the 820
  institutions involved.
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