Humanities Indicators

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The Humanities Indicators is a project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences that equips researchers and policymakers, universities, foundations, museums, libraries, humanities councils and other public institutions with statistical tools for answering basic questions about primary and secondary humanities education, undergraduate and graduate education in the humanities, the humanities workforce, levels and sources of program funding, public understanding and impact of the humanities, and other areas of concern in the humanities community.[1][2] The Humanities Indicators, first launched in 2009, are modeled on the Science and Engineering Indicators, which are published biennially by the National Science Board as required by Congress.

Data from the Humanities Indicators has been widely discussed in recent conversations about a "crisis in the humanities," in light of a national decline in the number of college majors that occurred in the 1970s.[3] On September 3, 2013, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a "Humanities Report Card 2013," based mostly on information from the Humanities Indicators.[4]

On June 19, 2014—the anniversary of the publication of the report of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Heart of the Matter—the Academy relaunched its Humanities Indicators website and released a report, "The State of the Humanities: Funding 2014."[5]

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