Impacting future faculty diversity: The development of a model to recruit and retain a diverse doctoral student population at the University of Delaware

Praria A Stavis-Hicks, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

Despite overall progress for minorities in graduate education over two decades, there is cause for considerable concern. American minority African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans are still under represented in doctoral education relative to their numbers in the population. It is within this context that the administration of the University of Delaware (UD), has decided it is time to reevaluate and reassess its minority recruitment strategy for graduate students. I utilized five research methods: (1) A review of relevant works from the literature. (2) Interviews with current and past executive level administrators at the University of Delaware. (3) Interviews with university administrators responsible for minority recruitment and retention efforts at the Pennsylvania State University, Temple University and Rutgers University. (4) Interviews with the faculty coordinators for minority recruitment at the University of Delaware. (5) Interviews with faculty, and students who are involved with recruitment and retention efforts in three departments at the University of Delaware. The data were analyzed from the relevant literature, the external institutions, and the University of Delaware. The analysis was conducted by identifying minority recruitment and retention themes and commonalities. Seven recommendations have been outlined for the University of Delaware. These recommendations are: (1) develop a written statement about the university's commitment to diversity; (2) keep responsibility for recruitment of minority students with the departments; (3) provide departments with administrative support and consultation services; (4) increase the numbers of minority faculty employed at UD; (5) develop a course on the significance of diversity in higher education; (6) continue the university Presidential Fellowship and annually review the policies; (7) generate reports to monitor the recruitment and retention of minority students. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Praria A Stavis-Hicks, "Impacting future faculty diversity: The development of a model to recruit and retain a diverse doctoral student population at the University of Delaware" (January 1, 1998). Dissertations available from ProQuest. Paper AAI9908050.
http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI9908050

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