ERIC Number: ED366719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Diversifying the Profession: Recruitment, Retention, and Career Enhancement Strategies Utilized with Under-Represented Groups.
Bowen, Blannie E.; And Others
Information regarding the recruitment, retention, placement, and career enhancement of diverse populations was provided by 35 purposefully selected departments of agricultural education. The institutions that were included in the telephone interviews were chosen to provide geographic, 1862 and 1890 land grant, and nonland grant representation. Major findings included the following: 17 universities identified minority students in at least 1 of their recruitment or retention activities for undergraduates; 12 universities mentioned minority students in at least 1 of their recruitment activities for graduate students; and no university mentioned special retention activities for minority or women graduate students. Thirteen universities indicated they did nothing special to recruit or retain undergraduate students from diverse populations; 10 universities stated they did not do anything different or special to recruit or retain graduate students. The most common type of diverse population recruitment identified was that of including pictures of minorities and women in recruitment brochures and other related materials. Two universities did not consider women as minority students in agricultural education. Nine universities indicated the major recruitment tool for diverse population graduate students was financial aid packages. No university identified doing anything special or different for diverse population students to help them secure professional positions at graduation or after employment. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Agricultural Education.