ERIC Number: ED382194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Minority Recruitment in Schools of Information and Library Science: The Methods Used and the Reasons Students Choose Particular Schools.
Grady, Jenifer Lyn
The purpose of this research was to discover which components of minority recruitment efforts are practiced by schools of information and library science, and to find out whether students have felt the impact of these efforts. This study also aims to discover whether the reasons for attending a particular school differ between minority and white students. The study was composed of two parts: first, a survey of library school deans and directors, and secondly, a survey of students. The deans and directors survey was a list of 25 possible minority recruitment methods to which the respondents indicated usage within the past two years. At the conclusion of the survey, deans were invited to share successful strategies which were not included on the survey and details about recruitment programs initiated within their schools. On the student survey, students were asked to choose which factors from a list of 30 were influential in their decision to attend the school at which they were presently enrolled. Students were asked to identify their minority group, and asked to choose one factor as the most important factor in school choice. Examples are given of the three types of strategies into which options on the student surveys can be divided: (1) those that can be affected by the school; (2) those which may or may not be controllable by the school; and (3) those completely out of its control. Thirty-six percent of the top 10 reasons students chose a particular school were outside the control of the school, and 36 percent were within its control. Reputation of the school, chosen by 20 of the 95 responding students, was identified as the most important reason influencing school choice, followed by geographic location (16) and scholarship availability (12). The most often used recruitment method as reported by surveyed deans was seeking government funds for scholarships (89%). A majority of the schools (84%) have developed a minority recruitment plan. Three tables illustrate findings on major reasons minority students chose their school, reasons why students (minority and non-minority) chose their school, and methods used to recruit minority students. (Contains 29 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.L.S. Research Paper, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.