MONTVALE, N.J., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey of undergraduate and
graduate students at U.S. colleges and universities reveals that minority
professors are having an astonishing impact on the education of both minority
and non-minority students. When asked, 97% of minority respondents said
minority professors are positively impacting their education. Furthermore, 83%
of non-minority respondents believe that minority professors are having a
positive impact on their education.
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 642, an increase of 118%. The PhD Project
surveyed undergraduate and graduate students taking classes from minority
professors to gauge the impact those professors are having on minority and
non-minority students' education.
"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 are impacting positively on their education. Now we know
we are succeeding in our mission."
Other results from the survey include:
* 93% of ALL respondents feel that minority professors are positively
impacting the education of minority students.
* 84% of ALL respondents feel that minority professors are positively
impacting the education of non-minority students.
* 88% of ALL respondents feel that minority professors positively impact
career decisions of minority students.
* 69% of ALL respondents feel that minority professors positively impact
career decisions of non-minority students.
* 69% of ALL respondents feel that students will be better prepared to
work in a business environment as a result of their having had a
The 1,094 respondents to the 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, 46 percent are
white, 31 percent African-American with the remaining 23 percent consisting of
Hispanic (White and Black), Asian-Americans, Native Americans or "other".
Some of America's top corporate powers and academic organizations support
The PhD Project: the KPMG Foundation, Graduate Management Admission Council,
Participating Universities, Citigroup Foundation, DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Fund, Ford Motor Company, AACSB International, James S. Kemper Foundation,
AICPA, Fannie Mae Foundation, Abbott Laboratories, Merrill Lynch & Co.
Foundation, Inc., State Street Corporation, Pfizer, Inc., Robert K. Elliott,
JP Morgan Chase, GE Fund and AT&T Foundation, Sara Lee Branded Apparel.
Ned Steele Communications and MediaImpact
SOURCE The PhD Project