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Over-time enrollment and degree counts for APAS and ATOC

The purpose of this posting is to document enrollments and degrees for doctoral students in ATOC and APAS for terms and degree years prior to spring 2006.

Since 1993, two distinct doctoral programs--Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) and Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (APAS) have operated under the same major code of APAS. The ATOC major code was first available for use on SIS in spring 2006. Prior to that, all students in the ATOC program had the major code APAS, as did students in the APAS program.

In order to distinguish and track which of the two programs students were enrolled in prior to spring 2006, we recently added an option code on SIS (student information system) for students who were enrolled in the ATOC program. The ATM option code (that is, a track or emphasis code on SIS, nested under the major code) was added to the term records and degree records of all students known to have been enrolled in the ATOC program prior to spring 2006. For spring 2006 and later, students enrolled in ATOC will use the new major code of ATOC.

The APAS + ATOC enrollment total in the table below will NOT match standard postings of enrollment counts. Standard postings use data taken at census which are frozen three weeks after the beginning of the fall term. For this posting we used current SIS records (even of past terms) in order to capture the above modifications.

As of fall 2007, ATOC stands as a separate student major but not a separate official degree program.  The student with an ATOC major receives a diploma reading PhD in Astro-Physic Planetary & Atmospheric Science.  The diploma reads exactly the same way for students with the APAS major.  The diplomas will read the same way until a separate degree is requested of and approved by the Regents for ATOC.     

Note on the 'Year' column in the table:
 - For enrollment, the year refers to the fall term (i.e. 2005 = fall 2005)
 - For degrees, the year refers to the fiscal year (i.e. 2005 = summer 2004, fall 2004 and spring 2005)

  Doctoral Enrollment for students with APAS major code Ph.D. Degrees for students with
APAS major code
Year APAS ATOC Total APAS ATOC Total
1993 62 1 63 6 0 6
1994 62 8 70 4 0 4
1995 61 13 74 8 0 8
1996 57 15 72 12 0 12
1997 51 26 77 7 0 7
1998 46 23 69 14 0 14
1999 47 23 70 6 1 7
2000 43 30 73 11 4 15
2001 44 37 81 5 2 7
2002 42 37 79 7 3 10
2003 47 38 85 8 5 13
2004 49 39 88 3 4 7
2005 48 42 90 7 6 13

2006* 50 53 103 8 2 10

* For 2006:

A note on organizational units: Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences has existed as a department in the College of Arts and Sciences for many years.  It runs the doctoral program in astrophysics, planetary and atmospheric science.  The ATOC doctoral program was run by PAOS, the program in atmospheric and oceanic science, until PAOS became an independent academic department (of atmospheric and oceanic science) in December 2005. 

Run Date 08/29/2007 -- L:\IR\NRC\ATOC\ForWeb.sas

Last revision 06/24/10


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