ERIC Number: ED390645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Distinctives of High Producers of Minority Science and Engineering Doctoral Starts.
Brazziel, William F.; Brazziel, Marian E.
This study examined the distinctive characteristics of colleges and universities shown to be exceptionally successful in sending underrepresented minorities on to doctoral study in science and engineering. The minorities referred to include Indian, Hispanic, and Black Americans. Primary data for the study were generated by the National Research Council (NRC) at the request of the investigators. NRC programmers extracted and rank-ordered all colleges and universities listed as baccalaureate colleges of origin of Indian, Hispanic and Black American recipients of doctorates in science and engineering for the years 1988-1993. These data came from NRC's databank of doctorate recipients. Site visits were then made to institutions listed among the top 10 when further analyzed according to group. This procedure resulted in visits to the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Northeast Oklahoma State University for Indian recipients; Cornell University (New York), the University of California at Los Angeles and Arizona State University for Hispanic recipients and Howard University (Washington, D.C.), Morgan State University (Maryland), Hampton University (Virginia), University of Maryland and University of Maryland-Baltimore County for Black Recipients. The study concluded that some distinctive characteristics of high producers include: total commitment of the trustee board and the central administration team to the minority initiative in science and engineering; faculty members who receive a great deal of satisfaction from preparing young minority people for doctoral study; alumni or community contacts who help in recruiting students; pre-college bridge programs; campus bridge programs aimed at turning B students into A students; involving students in undergraduate research; application to programs that support minority initiatives; student mentoring; support and encouragement of campus chapters of national Science and Engineering minority organizations; support of student attendance at conferences; use of alumni role models; preparation for high scores on the Graduate Record Examination; search for assistantships and fellowships for doctoral study for graduates; annual report cards on progress and achievements of the minority initiative; and participation with other institutions, corporations, and churches in efforts to broaden the pool of minority children and youth headed to science and engineering careers. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Chadbourne & Chadbourne, Inc., Chagrin Falls, OH.
Authoring Institution: Brazziel (Marian) Associates, Mansfield Center, CT.