According to The New York Times there has been an increase in research doctorate degrees awarded in 2008-9 academic year. The total amount of degrees awarded was 49,562, which is an increase of 1.6 percent from the previous year.
The most growth came from the fields in science and engineering. The number was influenced by a larger number of women earning science and engineering degrees.
However, according to the report there has been a decrease in the amount of doctorate degrees earned by foreign students holding temporary visas. In 2009, doctorates awarded to foreign students declined 3.3 percent in science and engineering, and 4.6 percent across other disciplines.
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