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ERIC Number: ED555063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 258
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-2659-5
Post-Baccalaureate Attainment of Black, Hispanic, and White Students at Texas Public Institutions: a Multi-Year Study
Franklin, Somer L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Sam Houston State University
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which differences were present by ethnic membership in graduate degrees attained at Texas public, 4-year institutions of higher education. Specifically, the numbers of master's, doctoral, and professional degrees awarded to White, Hispanic, and Black students in the State of Texas for the 2000 through the 2011 academic years were examined through an analysis of archival data from the Texas Higher Education Accountability System. Examining differences in graduate degrees awarded by ethnicity within the State of Texas contributed to an analysis of equity in higher education as well as determining the extent to which progress had been made within the state toward its Closing the Gaps initiatives. Additionally, the limited body of literature related to graduate degree attainment by ethnic status was expanded by this investigation. Methodology: A total of 282,821 master's degrees, 29,335 doctoral degrees, and 20,579 professional degrees were awarded by Texas public institutions of higher education between the 2000 and 2011 academic years. White students were awarded the majority of master's, doctoral, and professional degrees during each of the academic years. Hispanic students received more master's and doctoral degrees than did Black students in each of the 12 academic years and more professional degrees than Black students in all but 4 of the academic years. Findings: Statistically significant differences were present in in the numbers of master's and doctoral degrees for White, Hispanic, and Black students between the 2000 and 2011 academic years but were not revealed for professional degrees. Statistically significant differences were also established in the percentage of master's degrees for all ethnic groups and the percentage of doctoral degrees for both Hispanic and Black students between the 2000 and 2011 academic years. With regard to doctoral degrees, statistically significant differences were not revealed for White students between the 2000 and 2011 academic years. Statistical significance was not documented for professional degree awards to any ethnic group. Differences were also observed between White, Hispanic, and Black degree attainment patterns across the 12 years of data. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas