MONTVALE, N.J., April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A survey of
undergraduate and graduate students 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,
83% of respondents said minority professors are positively impacting
minority students' employment or internship decisions. Almost 70% of
respondents believe that they are impacting non-minority students'
employment or internship decisions, as well.
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 nearly tripled, from 294 to 842 minority business
professors. Further, 384 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral
programs, and will take a place at the front of the classroom in the next
The PhD Project surveyed undergraduate and graduate students taking
classes from minority professors and/or minority doctoral students to gauge
the impact those instructors are having on minority and non-minority
"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 PhD Project. "It is reassuring to know
students feel minority professors and doctoral students are impacting
positively on their career decisions and education. We are succeeding in
Other results from the student survey include:
-- 76% of ALL respondents feel that students will be better prepared to
work in a diverse business environment as a result of their having had
a minority professor.
-- 92% of ALL respondents believe that minority professors are positively
impacting the education of minority students
-- 87% of ALL respondents believe minority professors are positively
impacting the education of non-minority students.
The 679 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, 44% are Caucasian, 32% are African-American, 10% are Hispanic
or Latino with the remaining 14% consisting of Asian-Americans, Native
Americans or "other".
Some of America's top companies and academic organizations support The
PhD Project. They are: KPMG Foundation, Graduate Management Admission
Participating Universities, Citigroup Foundation, AACSB International,
AICPA, Robert K. Elliott, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Hewlett-Packard Company,
The Merck Company Foundation, DiversityInc.
For a copy of the full survey reports, or to learn more about The PhD
Project, please visit: www.phdproject.com.
Contact: Ned Steele
SOURCE The PhD Project