2014

Minority Business School Professors Having an Overwhelming Impact on Career Decisions of Minority and Non-Minority Students, Surveys Reveal

    MONTVALE, N.J., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey of undergraduate and
 graduate students and business school deans at U.S. colleges and universities
 reveals that minority professors are having an astonishing impact on the
 career decisions of both minority and non-minority students.  When asked, 85%
 of minority student respondents said minority professors are positively
 impacting their career decisions.  When university business school deans were
 asked the same question, 77% said minority professors are positively impacting
 their students' career decisions.
     The survey was conducted by the Bernard Hodes Group on behalf of The PhD
 Project, a multi-million dollar corporate and academic-led effort to increase
 minority representation among business professors.  Since The PhD Project was
 founded in 1994, the number of minority professors at U.S. business schools
 has more than doubled, from 294 to 746 minority business professors.  Further,
 417 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs, and will take a
 place at the front of the classroom in the next five years.
     The PhD Project surveyed undergraduate and graduate students taking
 classes from minority professors and minority doctoral students to gauge the
 impact those instructors are having on minority and non-minority students'
 education.  They also surveyed university business school deans.
     "The PhD Project's goal is to diversify the front of the classroom as a
 means to better prepare students for a diverse work environment," says Bernard
 J. Milano, President of the KPMG Foundation, founder, lead sponsor and
 administrator of The PhD Project.  "It is reassuring to know students feel
 minority professors and doctoral students are impacting positively on their
 career decisions and education.  Now we know we are succeeding in our
 mission."
 
     Other results from the student survey include:
 
      * 90% of seniors about to graduate said minority professors are
        positively impacting their career decisions.
      * 92% of ALL respondents feel that minority professors are positively
        impacting the education of minority students.
      * 82% of ALL respondents feel that minority professors are positively
        impacting the education of non-minority students.
      * 65% of ALL respondents feel that minority professors positively impact
        career decisions of non-minority students.
      * 77% of ALL respondents feel that students will be better prepared to
        work in a business environment as a result of their having had a
        minority professor.
 
     Other results from the business school deans' survey include:
     When asked: In comparison to non-minority professors, how are minority
 professors impacting these aspects of your business program?
 
      * 81% of respondents said that minority professor and/or minority
        doctoral teaching assistants are having a positive impact on the
        education of minority students.
      * 69% of respondents said that minority professor and/or minority
        doctoral teaching assistants are having a positive impact on attracting
        minority students.
 
     Furthermore:
 
      * 69% of respondents feel that students who have taken a class taught by
        a minority business professor or a minority doctoral teaching assistant
        are better prepared for a business career.
 
     The 919 respondents to the student survey are currently enrolled in at
 least one course taught by a minority professor or doctoral student
 (African-American, Hispanic-American or Native American).  Among the
 respondents, 60 percent are white, 20 percent African-American with the
 remaining 20 percent consisting of Hispanic (White and Black),
 Asian-Americans, Native Americans or "other".
     There were 95 total respondents to the deans' survey.
     Some of America's top companies and academic organizations support The PhD
 Project: KPMG Foundation, Graduate Management Admission Council, Participating
 Universities, Citigroup Foundation, Ford Motor Company, AACSB International,
 AICPA, Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, State Street
 Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, Robert K. Elliott, Goldman, Sachs & Co.,
 Hewlett-Packard Company.
 
     For a copy of the full survey reports, or to learn more about The PhD
 Project, please visit: http://www.phdproject.com.
 
 

SOURCE The PhD Project

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