Improved Strategies for Getting Minority Males into Graduate School

December 8, 2010  |  

(Diverse: Issues in Higher Education) — At a time when much national higher education discussion revolves around student access to and through college, the Council of Graduate Schools’ annual conference that wrapped up in Washington, D.C. over the weekend focused on the challenges associated with positioning students to pursue more than just a bachelor’s degree. Sometimes, the lack of interest in graduate school stems from lack of information on what graduate school entails and the financial benefits that it brings, said Larry A. Griffith, vice president of the Gates Millennium Scholars program at the United Negro College Fund. “We need to help them think about what graduate school is and how to communicate that to their community of support,” Griffith said at a panel discussion titled “Diverse Perspectives on Achieving Student Success.” He lamented that graduate school has proven less enticing than the world of work, particularly for Hispanic students who feel compelled to work to help out their families.

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