ERIC Number: ED337092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Recruitment and Retention of Minority Medical Students in SREB States.
Denton, David R.
This report addresses the problem of underrepresentation of minorities in the health care professions and presents results of a comparative study that examined the factors differentiating schools that enroll and graduate relatively large numbers of minority students from those who do not. Study findings revealed that schools with higher minority student enrollment tend to be more aggressive in minority recruiting, have significantly more applicants in every minority category, interview higher proportions of minority student applicants for admission, and judge qualifications of applicants much more broadly. Also, low-minority schools tended to emphasize Medical College Admission Test scores, using arbitrary minimum scores to exclude many minority applicants from consideration, while high-minority schools emphasized subjective factors like character and background. The study also found that those high-minority schools that accepted some students who they knew in advance would have difficulty with the curriculum, also were far better in providing the necessary assistance than low-minority schools, including identifying students in need of financial support and making efforts to assist them when possible. Profiles are provided of 16 medical schools with high-minority enrollments. Contains 25 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission Criteria, College Applicants, Comparative Analysis, Enrollment, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Medical Education, Medical Schools, Medical Students, Minority Groups, School Holding Power, Selective Admission, Student Needs, Student Recruitment
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.