ERIC Number: ED334891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Pre-Health Advisors and Black Students in South Carolina. Factors Affecting the Decreasing Number of South Carolina Applicants to the Dental Profession. Final Report.
Hamrick, Fitzbugh N.; Brown, Wilma Sykes
This study investigated factors responsible for the consistently low numbers of black students applying to the College of Dental Medicine of South Carolina. The project was structured to obtain feedback from two entities at the undergraduate level: the pre-health advisors (Phase I); and black students (Phase II). Thirty-four responses were received out of 53 surveys sent to pre-health advisors, and 54 student surveys were received from 585 surveys sent. Among the factors that were determined to be affecting black student enrollment were: (1) no previous information about the dental profession; (2) a minimal number of pre-health/pre-dental clubs available to students; (3) minimal participation by students in summer enrichment programs; (4) minimal dental career promotional activities available to students; and (5) few dental career role models in family backgrounds. Based on these results, three recommendations are offered: (1) to establish a new Dental Practitioner Network to provide resource persons for pre-health advisors and students; (2) to identify and cultivate advisors to increase the promotion of the dental profession on their campuses; and (3) to improve efforts by pre-health advisors in identifying black students interested in dentistry. Contains attachments of study documents and charts. (GLR)
Descriptors: Black Students, Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Counseling, Career Information Systems, College Choice, Course Selection (Students), Declining Enrollment, Dentistry, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Information Sources, Occupational Information, State Universities, Surveys
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Medical Univ., Charleston. Coll. of Dental Medicine.