ERIC Number: ED339579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Radical Recruitment Strategies for Minority Education Students.
Weiner, Charles A.; Watkins, Regina M.
This article proposes that minority students who might be successful in the education profession be evaluated for college entrance using an individually administered test of intelligence. More minorities with the appropriate educational background are needed in the education profession. Typical recruitment of minority students involves seeking schools with minorities of higher socioeconomic class. Endowment-rich institutions seek these students early, offering excellent scholarships. However, there is a large number of untapped minority students who may turn out to be excellent college candidates. Smaller, less affluent colleges may benefit from locating minority students whose intellectual profiles indicate average to above-average global intelligence with an overlay of socio-cultural deprivation, and who have not been maturationally ready to overcome these decremental factors before the end of high school. The following tactics may aid in this effort: (1) developing a network of trained recruiters to identify lower-achieving capable minorities, and rewarding the recruiter for each referred student accepted into the institution; (2) requesting a longitudinal file on the student to be sent to a screening committee; (3) conducting a battery of individual tests, including intelligence, achievement, interest, and personality measures; (4) orienting the student to college life; and (5) applying this procedure to other minority populations. This document contains four figures and seven references. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Rural Education Association (Jackson, MS, October 10-14, 1991).