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ERIC Number: ED536864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Diversity & the Ph.D.: A Review of Efforts to Broaden Race & Ethnicity in U.S. Doctoral Education
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (NJ1)
Created through Woodrow Wilson's Responsive Ph.D. initiative, "Diversity and the Ph.D." looks at a range of mechanisms through which foundations, government agencies, and nonprofits have sought to recruit and retain more minority students in U.S. doctoral programs. Drawing on interviews with the leaders of 13 such programs, the report also points to circumstances that increasingly impede their work. This report reveals the following findings: (1) Doctoral education's diversity record is poor. Despite some gains in recent years, by 2003 only 7 percent of all doctoral recipients were African American or Hispanic--11 percent, if international students are excluded--compared to 32 percent of doctoral-age U.S. citizens from those groups; (2) It's getting worse. Despite extraordinary support within and beyond academia for affirmative action admissions programs--as evidenced by the University of Michigan case--court challenges have had a significant chilling effect, resulting in a dilution of resources and a weakening of institutional will; (3) Though a large number of programs still bolster opportunities for minority students, there is no significant coalition that might share strategies and information or that might attempt to coordinate efforts so that the overall national effort could become coherent; and (4) With a few exceptions, little data and only partial assessments are available. Findings from organization interviews are appended. (Contains 4 tables and 24 footnotes.) [For "Diversity & the Ph.D.: A Review of Efforts to Broaden Race & Ethnicity in U.S. Doctoral Education. Executive Summary," see ED536874.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation