ERIC Number: ED299905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Financial Aid and Minority Participation in Graduate Education: A Research Agenda for Today. A Research Report of the Minority Graduate Education (MGE) Project.
A proposed agenda to study why minority participation in graduate education is so limited and so often unsuccessful is presented. Considerations to bear in mind include: what kind of financial returns minority students receive as a result of completing graduate school; the limited financial support available for graduate education; the lack of academic and social support specifically available to minority graduate students; and factors that compete with graduate school for a student's time and money. The differences between minority and majority students are compared. Questions related to underrepresentation of minorities include the following: Are professional programs so attractive that they draw students away from graduate education? Is the bachelor's degree so attractive in terms of employment and income potential that a graduate degree has little more to offer? and Do opportunity costs for minority and majority students differ in a way that would explain the minority underrepresentation? Some of the points of focus are: where the students go once they graduate; actual costs of graduate education; student indebtedness; and where financial aid comes from. Until there is a better understanding of the financial pressures minority students face, it is difficult to increase their numbers in graduate institutions and keep them there. Future research must consider such problems as: what types and amounts of financial aid will increase minority access and retention; what state and federal governments, professional associations, philanthropic foundations, and colleges and universities are doing about the problem; and what makes certain programs more effective in achieving minority access and retention. Contains 25 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Graduates, Educational Finance, Equal Education, Financial Support, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Student Financial Aid, Success
Graduate Record Examination Board MGE Project, Princeton, NJ 08541 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.