What is true of history is also true of historians. Everyone who comes to the study of history brings with them a host of identities, experiences, and interests that cannot help but affect the questions they ask of the past and the answers they wish to know. When applied with integrity and self-critical fair-mindedness, the political, social, and religious beliefs of historians can appropriately inform their historical practice. Because the questions we ask profoundly shape everything we do—the topics we investigate, the evidence we gather, the arguments we construct, the stories we tell—it is inevitable that different historians will produce different histories.
Has there been an increase or decrease in student enrollment in engineering programs at colleges and universities across the country?
While the number of engineering degrees awarded remained level, and even declined, throughout much of the 1990's, data from the American Society for Engineering Education show bachelor's degrees have increased as much as 20% from 1999 while both master's and doctoral degrees have seen increases over the past several years. However, data also shows that these increases may begin to slow as enrollments in all degree levels have declined for the second consecutive year. Information from ASEE also shows a decline in the number of enrollments of women in engineering programs, and enrollments for minorities remain low and unchanged. For more information on engineering enrollment and degree trends, visit ASEE .