ERIC Number: ED415752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-31
Reference Count: N/A
Project Bridge: Linking the Undergraduate Curriculum with Graduate Studies and Careers in Public Administration for Minorities.
Thoeny, A. Robert
This project at Tennessee State University (Nashville) attempted to enlarge the pool of qualified and motivated undergraduate black students for graduate study leading to a public service career. The project served three consecutive cohorts of black students entering the upper division of their undergraduate program; it emphasized curricular and extracurricular activities, including: standardized test preparation; an internship program; individual counseling and mentoring; and activities to enhance students' self-image and increase their awareness of public service careers, to inform them of educational opportunities at the graduate level, and to ease transition from undergraduate to graduate studies. Specifically, the program offered two special courses on use of computers in organizations and statistical applications; preparation for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE); integration with graduate students in two seminars; a summer internship program in government and nonprofit agency jobs; and individual mentor relationships. Evaluation indicated that 76 percent of participants were admitted to graduate study or professional schools; that internships, mentoring, and test preparation materials and courses were well-received; however, enrollment in the two special courses and the two graduate seminars was disappointing. Results suggest that the extracurricular aspects of the projects were more effective than the curriculum innovations. Samples of project materials are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Black Students, College Curriculum, Extracurricular Activities, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Mentors, Minority Groups, Program Effectiveness, Public Administration, Public Service Occupations, Self Esteem, Student Recruitment, Test Coaching, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Univ., Knoxville. Inst. of Government.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Record Examinations