Increasing Minority Faculty: An Elusive Goal

Author(s):
Brown, Shirley Vining
Publication Year:
1988
Report Number:
MGE-88-01
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Subject/Key Words:
Underrepresentation career performance doctorate pool minority faculty

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the pathways taken by minority Ph.D.s from graduate school into the labor market, with special attention given to their destination and progress in academe. Specifically, this project: describes and distinguishes the characteristics of Black, Hispanic, and Asian-American Ph.D.s from the general population of Ph.D.s and determines how these minority groups differ among themselves; presents findings on the general labor force participation, status, and career progress of minority Ph.D.s; describes which minority groups are more likely to choose academe and the extent to which there has been a structural shift in career choices of new Ph.D.s over time; and describes the current status and nature of minority recruitment in academe, focusing particularly on academic type of appointments and work experiences, and promotion and tenure rates. Data for the study came from the National Research Council's Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) and the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) spanning the years from 1975 to 1986. The analyses focus primarily on minority doctorates who were educated in U.S. secondary schools, although some analyses include doctorates who were naturalized U.S. citizens or who held permanent visas.

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