ERIC Number: ED451783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
More Than a Check and a Handshake: The Progress and Promise of the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program.
A recent evaluation has concluded that the Doctoral Scholar's Program of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has more than lived up to its promise in encouraging minority students to enroll in graduate school and in supporting them with "more than a check and a handshake." In its 7-year history, the Doctoral Scholars Program has served more than 350 minority doctoral scholars, including more than 120 in mathematics and science-related fields. By winter 2000, almost 100 scholars had earned their Ph.D.s and 70% of them were employed on college campuses as junior faculty, postdoctoral students, or campus administrators. The high retention rate, more than 90%, for the SREB is much higher than the retention rate in similar national programs of 37%. The program's support strategies, which include regular contact, information sharing, and a mentoring component, were credited with its success. The program's annual institute promotes the development of support networks, and the program's support systems encourage those of the institutions themselves. Suggestions for program improvement include the call for continued support, the expansion of the annual Institute for Teaching and Mentoring, the improvement of information dissemination, and an intensified focus on the transition to faculty positions. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Doctoral Programs, Enrollment, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Minority Groups, School Holding Power
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 ($2.50 handling fee). Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.