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ERIC Number: ED504177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 92
Abstractor: ERIC
Educational and Employment Outcomes of Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Alumni
McCoy, Ann; Wilkinson, Anna; Jackson, Russell
US Department of Education
This report presents findings from a study of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccaulaureate Achievement (McNair) Program. The McNair Program was established in 1986 to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees by students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds. This study is a descriptive analysis of participant outcomes: no attempt is made to compare the outcomes of McNair participation to any other program or condition. A telephone survey was conducted with a sample of participants identified as enrolled in the McNair Program, according to Annual Performance Report (APR) records, between the fall of 1989 and the spring of 2000. Estimates presented use weighted data to account for probability of selection, non-response, and post-stratification weighting to adjust for the respondent actual strata compared to the initial sampling strata and to bring estimates in line with population totals contained in the APR. In view of low response rates to the survey, authors caution that overall findings should be interpreted cautiously. Reported findings include: (1) Among former McNair participants who had sufficient time to earn a doctorate degree at the time of this study, 6.1 percent reportedly had earned their doctorates: (2) Of the 62 percent of former McNair participants who were enrolled in graduate school at the time of the study, approximately 22 percent indicated that they were in doctoral programs, 15 percent reported that they were pursuing professional degrees; and 73 percent with bachelor's degrees had enrolled in graduate school at some time within a five- to seven-year period after receiving their bachelor's degree; (3) The largest percentages of doctoral degrees were earned in the life sciences or physical sciences; those who earned professional degrees most often held doctorates of jurisprudence, medicine, or osteopathic medicine; (4) Of McNair participants who completed doctoral degrees, approximately 65 percent indicated that they were employed in higher education; (5) There was no statistically significant difference in the reported earnings of Ph.D. and professional degree recipients based on whether they worked in higher education or not, and McNair Program graduates who were not employed in higher education did not report significantly different education-related debt than their peers employed in higher education; and (6) For students who entered the program but for whom there is no evidence of an earned doctoral degree, reported employment levels were higher among degree holders who were not enrolled in school compared with their peers who were enrolled in school. Three appendices include: (1) Technical Notes for the Survey of 1989-000 McNair Participants; (2) Unweighted Estimate Tables; and (3) Logistic Regression Models: Multivariate Logistic Regression Analyses. (Contains 13 footnotes, 5 figures and 56 tables.)
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (ED), Policy and Program Studies Service
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