ERIC Number: EJ1179325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Institutional Interventions That Remove Barriers to Recruit and Retain Diverse Biomedical PhD Students
Wilson, Marenda A.; DePass, Anthony; Bean, Andrew J.
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v17 n2 Article 27 Jun 2018
The faculty and student populations in academia are not representative of the diversity in the U.S. population. Thus, research institutions and funding agencies invest significant funds and effort into recruitment and retention programs that focus on increasing the flow of historically underrepresented minorities (URMs) into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pipeline. Here, we outline challenges, interventions, and assessments by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) that increased the diversity of the student body independently of grade point averages and Graduate Record Examination scores. Additionally, we show these efforts progressively decreased the attrition rates of URM students over time while eliminating attrition in the latest cohort. Further, the majority of URM students who graduate from the GSBS are likely to remain in the STEM pipeline beyond the postdoctoral training period. We also provide specific recommendations based on the data presented to identify and remove barriers that prevent entry, participation, and inclusion of the underrepresented and underserved in the STEM pipeline.
Descriptors: Intervention, Biomedicine, Barriers, School Holding Power, Student Recruitment, STEM Education, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Grade Point Average, Statistical Analysis, Academic Support Services, Demography, Student Diversity, College Entrance Examinations, Graduate Study, Social Support Groups, Science Instruction, African American Students, American Indian Students, Alaska Natives, Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, Disabilities, Scores, Hispanic American Students, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (Houston)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Record Examinations
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