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ERIC Number: ED440588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pages: 50
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Taking the First Steps toward Graduate Education: A Report on the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.
Thomas, Earl Preston
This paper examines the diverse group of students in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at the New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. This program identifies, recruits, prepares, and assists academically talented, first-generation, low-income, and traditionally underrepresented minority college students (sophomores, juniors, or seniors) and encourages them to enter programs that lead to doctoral degrees. Students are given intensive preparation for graduate school, including mentoring relationships with outstanding faculty, long-term research internships, continuous advisement, preparation for the Graduate Record Examination, acclimation to graduate school life and the academic department environment, and assistance with graduate school admissions. Four program goals are noted: improving academic performance, providing opportunities for research and scholarship, improving the likelihood of admission to graduate school, and preparing students for success in graduate/doctoral programs. The report finds that the program has been extraordinarily successful: of the first cohort of 16 students graduating in May 1993, 14 were admitted to graduate school. In the second cohort, which graduated in May 1994, 10 of 11 graduates were admitted to graduate school. Mentor and research internship assignments are appended. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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