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Minority Professors Having an Overwhelming Impact on Education of Minority and Non-Minority Students, Survey Reveals

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    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
        minority professor.
     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.
      Lisa King
      Ned Steele Communications and MediaImpact
      212-590-2314 (P)
      917-591-6116 (F)

SOURCE The PhD Project

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