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Recent College Graduates Survey, 1989-1990: CD-ROM Version [United States] (ICPSR 3004)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics


The Recent College Graduates (RCG) survey estimates the potential supply of newly qualified teachers in the United States and explores the immediate post-degree employment and education experiences of individuals obtaining bachelor's or master's degrees from American colleges and universities. The RCG survey, which focuses heavily, but not exclusively, on those graduates qualified to teach at the elementary and secondary levels, is designed to meet the following objectives: (1) to determine how many graduates become eligible or qualified to teach for the first time and how many are employed as teachers in the year following graduation, by teaching field, (2) to examine the relationship between courses taken, student achievement, and occupational outcomes, and (3) to monitor unemployment rates and average salaries of graduates by field of study. The RCG survey collects information on education and employment of all graduates (date of graduation, field of study, whether newly qualified to teach, further enrollment, financial aid, employment status, and teacher employment characteristics) as well as standard demographic characteristics such as earnings, age, marital status, sex, and race/ethnicity. The 1989-1990 survey (called RCG-91 because the data were collected in 1991) contains four data files. Part 1 contains variables from the main questionnaire and includes information on type of degree received, teaching eligibility, certification, salary, and whether the respondent was unemployed. Also included are transcripts for sampled bachelor degree recipients. Part 2 contains verbatim comments from graduates regarding fields of study, occupation, and parents' occupations. Replicate weights are contained in Part 3, and imputation flags are found in Part 4.

Series: Recent College Graduates (RCG) Series

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DS1:  Questionnaire Data - Download All Files (29.066 MB)
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DS2:  Verbatim Responses - Download All Files (25.475 MB)
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Study Description


United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics. Recent College Graduates Survey, 1989-1990: CD-ROM Version [United States]. ICPSR03004-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03004.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03004.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic achievement, careers, college graduates, earned degrees, employment qualifications, occupational status, postsecondary education, teacher certification, teacher education, teaching qualifications, unemployment rate, wages and salaries

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989--1990

Date of Collection:   

  • 1991

Universe:    Students within one year of having attained a bachelor's or a master's degree from an American college or university.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) These data were taken from the CD-ROM "1991 Survey of Recent College Graduates, Public Release File." Information regarding changes to this public use version of the data can be found in the Public Use Addendum Information section of the user's manual. (3) The codebook and user's manual are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Website.


Sample:    A two-stage stratified sampling approach was employed. The first stage consisted of drawing a sample of bachelor's and master's degree-granting institutions from Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS)/Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) completions files. Institutions were stratified by control (public or private), by region, and by the proportion of degrees awarded in the field of education (over or under a specified number). Within each of these strata, institutions were selected according to size (size being measured by the sum of bachelor's and master's degrees awarded that year). The second stage consisted of the selection of a core sample of graduates (bachelor's and master's degree recipients) who received their degrees from the sampled institutions during the 1989-1990 academic year. Sampling rates of graduates differed by major field of study. The sample for 1989-1990 consisted of 400 institutions and 18,000 graduates. Institutions were additionally stratified by Traditionally Black Institutions (TBIs) versus non-TBIs, and nursing and bilingual education (Teaching English as a Second Language, TESL) majors were oversampled. Graduates were stratified by degree, bilingual education or TESL major, computer science, education, letters, math, physical science, nursing, foreign languages, and all other majors. Data are representative at the national level.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires, and telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.


Original ICPSR Release:   2001-01-05

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File MAN3004.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB3004.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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