UC Irvine advanced four slots to 34th in the nation – ahead of Yale, Rutgers and Princeton – for the number of doctoral degrees awarded in 2009, according to the most recent Survey of Earned Doctorates. The survey, used to assess trends in doctorate education, is vital for education and labor force planners within the federal government and in academia. “Our graduate student community continues to grow impressively,” said Frances M. Leslie, Graduate Division dean, who noted that UCI awarded 405 doctoral degrees in 2009, compared to 200 in 1999. UC Berkeley ranked first, with 838 doctorates awarded. UCI also ranked highly among institutions with the largest numbers of minority U.S. citizen and permanent resident doctorate recipients. Based on data gathered from 2005-2009, UCI ranked eighth among Asian and 16th among Hispanic doctorate recipients. The SED is sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Endowment for the Humanities.