ERIC Number: ED285466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Retention of Black and Hispanic Doctoral Students. Part I: Personal and Background Characteristics of Persisting and Nonpersisting Black and Hispanic Graduate Students. Part II: Retention of Minority Doctoral Students: Institutional Policies and Practices. GRE Board Research Report No. 83-4R. ETS Research Report 87-10.
Clewell, Beatriz Chu
Factors influencing persistence/nonpersistence of Black and Hispanic doctoral students at the graduate entry level were studied, along with institutional practices that affect minority participation in graduate education. For the first part of the study, 63 persisting and nonpersisting doctoral students were interviewed regarding their experiences in graduate school, and information was collected about their background and personal charactersitics. Characteristics and experiences of persisters included high achievement in high school, supportive advisers, participation in professional activities during graduate school, and a desire for knowledge. In the second part of the study, 52 faculty and staff at six graduate institutions were interviewed to determine their policies and practices regarding minority doctoral students. It was found that the level of support for minority students varied greatly among colleges. Efforts that seemed to encourage minority student participation included an institution-wide policy regarding minority graduate students, coordination of services for minority students by a unit above the departmental level, special admissions arrangements, and support services focused on minority students' needs. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Black Students, College Faculty, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Learning Experience, School Holding Power, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Experience, Student Needs, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.