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ERIC Number: ED299905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Financial Aid and Minority Participation in Graduate Education: A Research Agenda for Today. A Research Report of the Minority Graduate Education (MGE) Project.
Nettles, Michael
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)
Graduate Record Examination Board MGE Project, Princeton, NJ 08541 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.