As I previously shared here, the announced changes to a physics program in a Christian liberal arts institution have inspired me to look more closely into different metrics of physics programs. In my first post, I shared metrics of Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) schools, focusing on number of bachelor's degrees in physics granted in 2015-2017 compared to full time equivalent (FTE) numbers. The goal was to provide concrete information about how many students graduate from CCCU institutions with bachelor’s degrees in physics, in terms of both absolute number of graduates and as proportion of broader educational activity at the institutions.
In this post, I will expand the analysis to include more groups of institutions, as well as consider several financial metrics. My goal is to understand the numbers of physics majors graduating from programs from a broader scope of institutions and in the context of financial viability of them. I again use the AIP and IPEDS data referenced in the first post.