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Academy Data Forum

The Data Forum provides a neutral space for Academy Fellows, guest writers, and staff to discuss the data that informs all of the Academy’s program areas: the Humanities, Arts, and Education; Science, Engineering and Technology; Global Security and International Affairs; and American Institutions and the Public Good. Each entry includes commentary from invited experts as well as a moderated public discussion.

The Humanities, Arts, and Education

What Do Changes in the Intended Majors of College-Bound Seniors Portend for the Humanities?

Worries about the declining number of college students majoring in the humanities have become a recurring theme in recent articles and reports from several four-year institutions.1 T More...

A Check-up on the Health of the Humanities in Higher Education

The health of the humanities in higher education has been a topic of considerable discussion since the Academy issued The Heart of the Matter in 2013. To provide some cont More...

A Question for Study:
What Are the Humanities Good For?

On November 14, 2014, in Washington, DC, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with Phi Beta Kappa and the National Humanities Alliance, convened twenty-three exp More...

Danger Signs for the Academic Job Market in Humanities?

Each year, PhD candidates and others interested in the academic job market closely examine the employment ads posted with the scholarly societies to assess job prospects and draw bro More...

The Vitality of the Humanities in U.S. Community Colleges

For years the staff and advisors of the Humanities Indicators have recognized that community colleges represent a critical area of humanities studies in higher education. We know, fo More...

How Long to the Humanities PhD?

Obtaining a doctoral degree in any field involves a significant investment of time, energy, and resources. In recent years, reformers in the humanities have focused on decreasing tim More...

Slicing the Pie: Explaining the Distribution of Funds at NEH

In response to the Academy’s recent report, The State of the Humanities: Funding 2014, Humanities Indicators staff received a number of questions about the distribution of funding to part More...

Enclosed in a College Major? Variations in Course-taking among the Fields

One of the recurring questions the Humanities Indicators receives concerns the extent to which students are engaging with the humanities as undergraduates—a subject for which there i More...

Foundation Funding to the Humanities Fell During Recession

Preliminary data from the Foundation Center shows that the one thousand largest private and community foundations in the country gave $416 million for humanities-related activities in 2012 – 18 pe More...

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