Council of Graduate Schools Urges Greater Efforts to Achieve Racial Diversity

The Council of Graduate Schools has released a new report calling for the nation to make a greater effort to increase racial diversity at all levels of graduate education. Here are some of the recommendations of the council to bring about greater diversity:

• Closely monitor attrition and graduation rates of minority students so that progress can be tracked and efforts can be targeted as to where improvement is needed.

• Develop training programs for graduate students to act as mentors to minority students.

• Broaden faculty search criteria in order to recruit a more diverse faculty which in turn will help recruit minority students.

• Establish working relationships with faculty at historically black colleges and universities to help funnel minority students into graduate education.

• Support the development of a curriculum that is more appealing to minority students.

The report, Broadening Participation in Graduate Education, can be downloaded by clicking here.