Undergraduate enrollments in anthropology in the US grew between 2000 and 2010, but not as much as enrollments overall. Between 2000 and 2010, departments self-reported growth of anthropology undergraduate enrollments. Specifically, for the 222 departments that provided AnthroGuide data in both years, undergraduate enrollments grew by a total of 32% over the decade. In the same years, the National Center for Education Statistics reported overall undergraduate enrollments increased by 37%. So even as anthropology enrollments grew, anthropology departments–on average–may have lost ground in terms of their share of the student population.
Why do you think other departments may be outpacing our discipline?
AAA collects its data through the AnthroGuide, an annual reference published in print and online (members can access the statistics and detailed listings of anthropological experts after logging in; everyone can access the eAG program finder.) In addition, the Association offers the Department Services Program, to provide support for department chairs, including collecting some statistics. AAA also created some resources to help students and their parents understand the value of the discipline:
The volume is freely available to all online. Its editors, commission members Audrey Smedley and Janis Faye Hutchinson, bring the anthropological lens to the academy, to more fully describe the lived experiences of racism (and sometimes sexism) in colleges and universities. We hope minorities–and majorities–will read the text and work towards the elimination of microaggressions, and strive for the transformation of the academy.
To quote Professor Patterson once more:
This is a valuable collection of finely written, thought-provoking articles that can be used in classes from the introductory to the graduate level.