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Career Decisions of Minority Students and Entrance to Graduate Management Programs GMAC

Baird, Leonard L.
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ETS Research Report
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Graduate Management Admissions Council, Business Administration Education, Career Choice, College Students, Graduate Study, Minority Groups, Professional Education


Minority students seem to be highly motivated to achieve college and advanced educations. The problems are clearly not motivational. Rather the difficulties stem from the unequal distribution of minority students into types of colleges and types of programs and differential dropout rates. The result is that, despite a high enrollment rate in college, the pool of minority college seniors who could be recruited into graduate or professional school is smaller than it ideally would be. The evidence suggests that these students value stable incomes, opportunities for minority students, challenging activities, and the opportunities to help others in their careers. However, many students do not see business in this light. In addition, further education for minorities is hampered by their current indebtedness, their need for additional income, and the lack of the necessary finances. Various programs have attempted to alter minority students' perceptions of business and to provide the needed financial aid. The effectiveness of these programs, although probably high, has not been publicly demonstrated. (43pp.)

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