ERIC Number: ED343518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
The Access and Success of Blacks and Hispanics in U.S. Graduate and Professional Education. A Working Paper.
Thomas, Gail E.
This report used national data to assess the participation and degree completion status of Blacks and Hispanics in U.S. graduate and professional schools. Objectives of the report were: (1) to examine national data on the graduate and professional school enrollment and degree attainment of race and sex groups in various major fields of study; (2) to identify and discuss factors that are associated with and/or influence the access, matriculation, and degree completion status of Blacks and Hispanics in U.S. graduate and professional schools; and (3) to present recommendations for increasing the higher educational access and success of Blacks and Hispanics. The major finding in this report was that Blacks and Hispanics have made minimal progress in graduate and professional school access and degree attainment in the present decade. More specifically, the data revealed that Blacks and Hispanics remained underrepresented in U.S. graduate and professional schools relative to their proportional representation among baccalaureate-degree recipients. Among the policy recommendations presented are to improve elementary and secondary education for minorities, increase their financial aid for attending college, and improve higher education recruitment and selection practices. Contains 91 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Blacks, Data Analysis, Educational Attainment, Educational Policy, Enrollment, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Professional Education
National Research Council, Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel.