The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 14th, 2015
Earning a Ph.D. in a STEM field is meant to be challenging, but data
has shown it can be especially so for minority students. While
universities have had some success in diversifying their STEM graduate
ranks in recent years, completion rates for Ph.D. candidates who are
African-American, Latino, Native American, or Alaska Native have lagged
behind those of their white, Asian-American, and foreign counterparts.
released on Tuesday by the Council of Graduate Schools offers some good
news: Seven-year Ph.D. completion rates for minority students at
institutions surveyed rose by 5 percent from 1996 to 2005, the most
recent cohort it examined. That means that something the universities
are doing is working.
But what, and how, remains unclear.