ERIC Number: ED238353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Career Decisions of Minority Students and Entrance to Graduate Management Programs. GMAC Research Report.
Baird, Leonard L.
Evidence about minority students' educational and career decisions, especially as they apply to careers in management, is reviewed. Problems of data collection concerning minority students are identified, including the following: methodological difficulties in identifying the race of respondents and in weighting procedures that may result in inflated or deflated estimates of minority college enrollment; the use of unrepresentative samples of minority students and colleges as the sources of data on which conclusions about minority students are made. Information concerning the flow of minority students through higher education is also examined, along with the fields of study minority students pursue and the way that their choices change. The evidence suggests that minority students are highly motivated to achieve college and advanced education, but there is unequal distribution of minorities into types of colleges and programs and differential dropout rates. Despite a high enrollment rate in college, the pool of minority college seniors who enter graduate or professional school is smaller that it ideally would be. Attention is directed to programs that have attempted to alter minority students' negative perceptions of business and to provide the needed financial aid. Directions for future research are also addressed and a 35-item bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Attitude Change, Business Administration Education, Career Choice, Decision Making, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Financial Needs, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Intervention, Majors (Students), Minority Groups, Racial Differences, Research Problems, Student Attitudes
Educational Testing Service, Research Publications, R-116, Princeton, NJ 08541.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Graduate Management Admission Council, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.