More than 10,000 U.S. and Canadian Ph.
D. programs are online, according to a new report from the U.K.-based online educational platform Phaidon.
More than 40% of the top 100 programs are in English-speaking countries.
But Phaidons data showed that English-language programs were in decline, dropping from 11th to 14th place in the rankings.
The rankings were based on a study of more than 15,000 programs in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada.
It showed that programs that focus on the sciences and technology were seeing their share of students decline, with programs in physics and mathematics, biomedical engineering and social sciences being most affected.
In English-only programs, students are most likely to complete their degrees in three years.
Phaidon found that English language programs are the most affected by the decline of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the social sciences.
That’s because many English-medium programs focus on these subjects and have been doing so for decades.
The report found that only about 20% of students completed their bachelor’s degrees in a STEM field in 2016.
That was down from 35% in 2007.
More importantly, the percentage of English-based programs that were in English only was down by more than 50%.
The biggest decline was seen in biology, which saw its share of Ph.
Ds drop from 32% to 27%.
The number of biology majors dropping to 26% is not unusual.
In 2014, for example, only 23% of U.C. Berkeley undergraduates completed their degrees on campus.
Phaedon did not include statistics for graduate programs.
But it did show that programs with a concentration in engineering and computer science, such as those at the University of Pennsylvania, were seeing a drop in enrollment.
Phedon also noted that more programs are opening their doors to non-English speakers.
That includes programs in the humanities, social sciences, and languages and literatures, which are areas in which there is a greater focus on people of color.
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