ERIC Number: EJ704956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
Reference Count: 30
The Experiences of African American Ph.D. Students at a Predominately White Carnegie I-Research Institution
Lewis, Chance W.; Ginsberg, Rick; Davies, Timothy; Smith, Kent
College Student Journal, v38 n2 p231 Jun 2004
This research study examined the experiences of African American Ph.D. students at a predominately White Carnegie I Research institution in the Mid-West Region of the United States. Given the current statistics in higher education, fewer African Americans are receiving terminal degrees from the nation's top universities. In order to understand this trend, African Americans that were currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program and recent graduates from this Ph.D. program were interviewed to examine their experiences in matriculating through their program and also dealing with the other "intangibles" of being an African American at a predominately White Carnegie I institution. This study used a qualitative research design with retrospective interviews (Reiff, Gerber & Ginsberg, 1997). Key themes that emerged from this study were 1) Feelings of Isolation, 2) We Stand Out, 3) Relationships with Peers, and 4) Negotiating the System. Key recommendations were made based on the data from this study to improve the Ph.D. training of African American students at predominately White universities.
Descriptors: African American Students, Research Universities, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Racial Factors, Peer Relationship, Whites, Racial Relations, Racial Composition, Social Isolation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States