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Recruiting Students of Color and Their Impact in Grad Programs

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Recruiting Students of Color and Their Impact in Grad Programs

  1. 1. RECRUITING STUDENTS OF COLOR AND THEIR IMPACT IN GRADUATE PROGRAMS PRESENTED BY: SEAN GUINYARD, M.ED (UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS) & JOHN E. SMITH, JR., ED.D (UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON)
  2. 2. OUTLINE • INTRODUCTION • BARRIERS THAT HOLD BLACKS FROM PURSUING GRADUATE SCHOOL • STATISTICS ON THE SUCCESS OF BLACK GRADUATE STUDENTS • BEST PRACTICES TO ENSURE ACADEMIC SUCCESS • GROUP DISCUSSION • QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
  3. 3. HOW DID WE GET HERE? • MINORITIES ARE USUALLY UNDERREPRESENTED IN GRADUATE PROGRAMS OFFERED BY MOST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. • THE CGS REPORT REVEALS THAT MINORITIES CONTINUE TO LAG THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS IN GRADUATE DEGREE ATTAINMENT. (2018) • AMONG ALL U.S. CITIZENS, UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS EARNED JUST 12 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL RESEARCH DOCTORATES AWARDED IN 2016 AND ONLY 10 PERCENT OF THE RESEARCH DOCTORATES AWARDED IN STEM FIELDS. (2018)
  4. 4. CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES • LARGE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT POPULATION • DOMESTIC STUDENT POPULATION SHRINKING • FACULTY DESIRE TO EDUCATE SCHOLARS; LESS INTEREST IN WORKFORCE PREPARATION
  5. 5. NUMBERS DON’T LIE • AFRICAN-AMERICAN GRE SCORES ARE LOWEST AMONGST ALL ETHNICITIES • HISPANIC/LATINO GRE SCORES ARE SECOND LOWEST AMONGST ALL ETHNICITIES
  6. 6. GRE SCORES BY ETHNICITY/RACIAL GROUPS
  7. 7. MEAN COMBINED SCORE ON VERBAL AND QUANTITATIVE SECTIONS OF GRE BY RACE AND MAJOR OF STUDY (ETS, 2017) Field of Graduate Study Black Score White Score Black/White Gap Engineering 1033 1220 187 Life Sciences 843 1039 196 Education 773 977 204 Humanities and Arts 888 1119 231 Business 794 1031 237 Social Sciences 825 1063 238 National Average 821 1062 241 Other Fields 790 1036 246 Physical Sciences 961 1208 247
  8. 8. DEMOGRAPHICS AMONGST BLACK STUDENTS • MEN • WOMEN • OUT OF STATE STUDENTS • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS • FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS • TRANSFER STUDENTS • NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS • DISABLED STUDENTS • LBGTQ STUDENTS • PART-TIME STUDENT/ FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE • STUDENT ATHLETES
  9. 9. BARRIERS BEFORE COLLEGE BANKING CONCEPT OF EDUCATION • LOW MOTIVATION • INSUFFICIENT ACADEMIC EFFORT • FIXED MINDSETS • LOW CLASSROOM-OUT-OF-CLASS ENGAGEMENT
  10. 10. BARRIERS BEFORE COLLEGE PARENTAL INFLUENCE • THE LEVEL OF IMPORTANCE THE PARENT EXPRESSES IN GOING COLLEGE • WHAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SCHOOLING THAT THEY HAVE? • HOW MUCH CAN THEY HELP FINANCIALLY?
  11. 11. BARRIERS IN COLLEGE NOT KNOWING THE BENEFITS OF GRADUATE SCHOOL • A GRADUATE DEGREE CAN SEPARATE THEM FROM THEIR COMPETITION • TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS GAINED • MORE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
  12. 12. BARRIERS IN COLLEGE THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE GRADUATE APPLICATION PROCESS • WHEN THEY SHOULD START LOOKING FOR GRADUATE PROGRAMS TO APPLY TO? • WHAT DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED FOR THE APPLICATION?
  13. 13. BARRIERS IN COLLEGE THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE MONEY/ FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED • BLACK UNDERGRADUATES OWED 15 PERCENT MORE THAN OTHER STUDENTS AFTER GRADUATION : AN AVERAGE OF $34,010 COMPARED TO 29,669 FOR ALL STUDENTS • 1/3 OF BLACK STUDENTS ACCUMULATED MORE THAN $40,000 IN DEBT AFTER GRADUATION COMPARED TO 18% OF STUDENTS OVERALL • HALF OF BLACK STUDENTS PURSUING DOCTORATES IN FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES HAVE AN AVERAGE DEBT BURDEN OF $128,000
  14. 14. BARRIERS IN COLLEGE RACIAL COMPOSITION OF FACULTY/ STAFF MEMBERS • HAS NOT CAUGHT UP TO THE DIVERSE STUDENT BODY • 1/5 FACULTY/STAFF MEMBERS ARE STUDENTS OF COLOR
  15. 15. BEST PRACTICES • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES • OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ABOUT GRAD SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS • COLLABORATING WITH OFFICES/ DEPARTMENTS ON CAMPUS • BEING INVOLVED WITH PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS GEARED TOWARDS BLACK COMMUNITY
  16. 16. GROUP DISCUSSION • HOW CAN WE PREPARE THEM FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL? • DOES YOUR DEPARTMENT DO ANY RECRUITMENT STRATEGIES GEARED TOWARDS STUDENTS OF COLOR? IF SO, WHAT DOES THIS PROCESS LOOK LIKE? • SHOULD RACE/ETHNICITY BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION FOR THE GAP, WHY OR WHY NOT?
  17. 17. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
  18. 18. CONTACT INFORMATION SEAN GUINYARD, M.ED UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS TOULOUSE GRADUATE SCHOOL GRADUATE ADMISSIONS RECRUITER SEAN.GUINYARD@UNT.ED U JOHN E. SMITH, JR., ED.D UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR - GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS JESMITH4@UH.EDU

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