A New Report Says The Number of Black Professors Is Increasing Slowly

April 15, 2013  |  

According to a new study, the number of minority professors is increasing in business schools, allbeit slowly. More African Americans are seeking a higher education, but in front of the classroom, there is a dearth of African- American professors teaching in universities and colleges nationwide.

The number of minority (African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American) professors at U.S. business schools with a doctoral degree has quadrupled since 1994. The increase can be attributed, at least in part, to the efforts of  The PhD Project, a program aimed at increasing diversity in America’s business management ranks.

Much has changed since The PhD Project began in 1994, the program says. Then, there were only 294 minority professors in business schools across the country with a doctorate, according to Hispanically Speaking News.

Just two years ago the stats were bleak. “Forty-two percent of African Americans who attended a predominantly white university never had a single black professor during four years of college,” found a 2011 study. And, reports Clutch magazine, nearly 74 percent of these students said they had only one black professor in a field outside of African-American studies.

According to The PhD Project website, its mission is “to increase the diversity of corporate America by increasing the diversity of business school faculty.”

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