Diversity in Higher Education on National Agenda Again
The PhD Project Encourages Minorities to Make the Switch from the Boardroom to
MONTVALE, N.J., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Once again, the issue of diversity in higher education has been brought to the forefront of the national education agenda, this time by Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley in his State of American Education speech Tuesday. In the speech, Riley said he believes diversity matters a great deal in higher education and that "Affirmative inaction is not the answer." One program, The PhD Project, has been working toward diversity in higher education for the past four years. It's a nationwide initiative aimed at encouraging more African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans to leave the corporate suite and enter new careers as students -- to earn their PhDs and then become business school professors. (Information on The PhD Project, call 888-2GET-A-PHD, or visit web site, http://www.phdproject.com.) "Over 90 percent of business school faculties are white -- our program is helping correct this imbalance," said Bernard J. Milano, director of The PhD Project and executive director of the KPMG Foundation. "Our goal is to draw more minorities into the nation's business schools by increasing the number of minorities in business school faculties -- more minority mentors means more minority students will see business as a viable option." Top companies KPMG Peat Marwick, Citibank, Chrysler, Ford and Texaco joined to launch The PhD Project in 1994 with the ultimate aim of preparing all students for today's diverse work environment, and enlarging the pool of minorities who pursue careers in corporate America. Each year, The PhD Project holds a conference where minority considering the switch to academia can learn the ins and outs of pursuing a PhD degree. The next conference will be held in Chicago, Nov. 18 - 20, 1998. Other sponsors include GMAC, AACSB, Ford Motor Company, Abbott Laboratories, Fannie Mae Foundation, James S. Kemper Foundation, Merrill Lynch and Mobil Corporation.
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