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ERIC Number: EJ920873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-3
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
"Extra Push" toward Diversity
Williams, Shernay; Coleman, Toni
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v28 n2 p14-15 Mar 2011
The accelerated master's degree in nursing program at the Georgia Health Sciences University, formerly the Medical College of Georgia, has seen its minority student enrollment grow from just a smattering when it launched in 2006 to 16 percent last fall. Incremental increases in minority student enrollment--GHSU's nursing program currently enrolls 18 minority students, compared with eight in 2008--are due, in part, to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program. The Foundation awarded the school $260,000 over the past three years to administer scholarship money to second-degree students. GHSU also has boosted its male nursing student enrollment to 17 last fall, from four in 2008. The Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), launched the scholarship to improve diversity in the field and to address the national nursing shortage. The only program to focus solely on underrepresented students--racial and ethnic minorities, men and the economically disadvantaged--in accelerated bachelor's or master's programs, NCIN awards funding to schools, which in turn have to demonstrate a commitment to diversity. Programs that tie foundation funding to a diversity goal are not unusual, but NCIN provided the "extra push" the College of Nursing needed to improve its diverse student recruitment efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia