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Recent College Graduates Survey, 1974-1975: [United States] (ICPSR 6376)

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 relationships among 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.

Series: Recent College Graduates (RCG) Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATES SURVEY, 1974-1975. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement [producer], 1977. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06376.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06376.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic achievement, 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:   

  • 1974--1975

Date of Collection:   

  • 1976

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook and data collection instrument are provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. 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 Web site.


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 1974-1975 academic year. Sampling rates of graduates differed by major field of study. The sample consisted of 200 institutions and 5,800 graduates. The student strata were degree, special education, other education, and all other major fields. Data are representative at the national level.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-01-11

Version History:

  • 2000-12-22 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been created for this collection. Also, the codebook and data collection instrument were converted to a PDF file.

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