ERIC Number: ED415816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-6
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Retaining Aspiring Scholars: Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color in Graduate and Professional Science Degree Programs. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Walters, Nancy B.
This study sought to determine factors affecting retention of minority students in graduate and professional science degree programs. The study was a variation of Vincent Tinto's (1987) student retention model, which relates retention to complex interactions between social integration and academic integration. In this study, interviews were conducted with 14 students (4 Caucasian, 5 Hispanic, and 5 African American) who had completed the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Minnesota, which was designed to improve access to graduate and professional schools for undergraduate women and students of color. Respondents, who were currently enrolled in graduate school, had plans to enroll, or had graduated from graduate or professional programs, all indicated that the program had positively affected their academic program, choice of graduate or professional programs, and career choice. Respondents also rated as important the following program characteristics: advanced research experience, information about graduate and professional school programs, acclimatization to graduate research work, establishing close friendships with peers, and mentoring relationships with faculty and program administrators. Minority students noted the importance of positive relationship with peers and faculty. The findings support Tinto's premise that social integration is important in furthering student persistence. Nine data tables and figures are appended. (Contains 19 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Blacks, Career Choice, College Science, Collegiality, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Interprofessional Relationship, Mentors, Minority Groups, Peer Relationship, Professional Education, Research Skills, Science Careers, Scientific Research, Socialization, Summer Science Programs, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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