Minority Scholars

A new NSF study finds that African-American recipients of Ph.Ds in science, engineering, and health fields are less likely than other minorities to work in research-intensive institutions. nsf11320

One possible explanation is that African-American scholars are more likely than other faculty to work at historically black colleges and universities, which are classified as master’s level institutions.

Another contributing factor may be that African-American doctorates earned their degrees from universities outside the top tier of research intensity.

The data show, however, that overall minority doctoral recipients are increasing, which could lead to changes in faculty composition in the future.

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