ERIC Number: ED026022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec-18
Reference Count: 0
Graduate Education for the 'Disadvantaged' and Black-Oriented University Graduates.
Howard, Lawrence C.
It has been estimated that a total of 1200 to 1500 Negroes have received Ph.Ds in the US, which is approximately the number of degrees awarded ANNUALLY to white students. In 1966 the Danforth Foundation financed experimental graduate programs at 4 white universities for disadvantaged Negro and other minority group students. An evaluation of the first year's efforts reveals that (1) there is a large number of disadvantaged students at the graduate level, but white institutions would not welcome a majority of minority group students on campus, (2) although the students would not have met traditional admission requirements, they were not significantly deficient, (3) more than 80% of the students performed at a respectable academic level, (4) the programs have not directly influenced change on the 4 campuses, and (5) some participating black students are not satisfied with the quality of education they are receiving. It is felt that white institutions should change the compensatory approach to graduate-level instruction for minority groups from one of white orientation to one which utilizes the black experience as an educational resource. Black-oriented programs would focus on historical and cultural events concerning black, white, rich and poor people, and, to balance current emphases on Western Europe, studies would be included on Latin America, Africa and Asia. These programs should also be established at all predominantly Negro institutions to supplement current efforts to produce more minority group professors. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented to the Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., December 18, 1968.