ERIC Number: ED026021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
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The Disadvantaged Student in Graduate School Master's and Doctoral Degree Programs in Predominantly Non-Negro Universities.
Graduate-level support programs for disadvantaged students in predominantly white institutions either make awards directly to students who then choose the university of their choice, or administer funds within an institution to support students for the study of one discipline. Since 1963, some Schools of Business Administration, Law, Education, Social Welfare, and others have supported minority students working toward Master's degrees. In 1963, a multidisciplinary Special Students Program was established at UCLA which provided 1 year of support to 23 Negro and other minority students working toward a Master's degree. Only one-fourth of the group progressed satisfactorily. Weaknesses in the program were identified as its financial support pattern, the quality of advising, orientation and tutoring, and the means and criteria used for recruitment. It was also felt that heavy recruitment of students from southern Negro colleges removed the ablest and most needed graduates from these institutions. Efforts were then concentrated on Black, Mexican American and American Indian students in northern and western states, and in 1966 a 4-year Masters Opportunity Program was established which incorporated improvements in selection and recruitment. Of 21 students, only 1 failed academically. A common assumption has been that disadvantaged students need to correct academic deficiencies in order to enter graduate school, but this program proved that there is a larger number of minority students who are well qualified for graduate work if there is greater insight as to what they need to succeed. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.
Note: Paper prepared for the 8th Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, December 1968.