ERIC Number: ED284919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Descriptive Analysis of Programs and Trends in Engineering Education for Ethnic Minority Students: A Report to the Field.
Gordon, Edmund W.; And Others
This report presents the findings of an evaluative study of the current status of engineering education for minority students at the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels in the United States. It is based on a survey of 50 existing programs and a review of the professional and research literature in this field. The major findings of the analysis indicate that engineering programs for minorities have been relatively effective in increasing the number of Black and Hispanic persons who enter the profession. The number of minority graduates from these programs has increased tenfold in the last 15 years. However, minorities continue to be underrepresented in engineering, particularly at leadership levels. Engineering draws disproportionately from a limited pool of minority talent that is identified at the high school level, and not enough organized effort has been made to develop academic talent in less able academic learners. To expand the minority academic talent pool, it may be necessary to increase students' early-life exposure to mathematics and science and to increase remedial instruction. Engineering programs provide a wide variety of counseling, financial, and tutoring services, but there is considerable unevenness in the quality of conceptualization, design and delivery of programs. Research on effective programs is analyzed and suggestions for improving interventions are offered, and implications for research and development are discussed. Appendices include brief descriptions of responding programs and a list of members of the advisory panel to the study. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Inst. for Social and Policy Studies.