Humanists rejoice! The prototype of the Humanities Indicators has been unveiled.
What are the Indicators? Lots and lots of data about the humanities in American life, inside academe and out. Why should you care? I explain here (subscription, sorry):
When it comes to hard data about what they do, policy makers and educators in the humanities have been mostly left out in the cold, forced to rely on isolated sets of statistics that do not give an overview of what is happening across the field. That changes today, as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences unveils the prototype of its long-awaited Humanities Indicators project.
Patterned after the Science and Engineering Indicators generated every two years by the National Science Board, the Humanities Indicators deliver a bonanza of statistics on almost every aspect of humanities education, employment, and research.