Underrepresented minority students and graduate school

Mary R. Anderson-Rowland

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


The technology demands on the U.S. workforce are increasing. Not only does the United States need more engineers and computer scientists, but now more than ever, more of these professionals are needed with a Master's of a PhD degree. Some companies want at least half of their hires to have a graduate degree. The reasons for this demand are obvious: companies may outsource work which requires low skills, but they will not outsource their research which is needed to keep them competitive and at the leading edge in their products. Most engineering graduates are looking to start their career with a good salary upon graduation with the Baccalaureate degree, not go to graduate school. In an Academic Success and Professional Development Program at Arizona State University with many transfer students, we encourage all of the students, minority and Caucasian, to go right on to graduate school. In this paper, we will particularly look at the program underrepresented minority students to learn what their main pros and cons were for going to graduate school. We also note the influence of the program on the decision to go to graduate school for the two groups and observe that the larger effect was with minority students. Suggestions on how to increase graduate school interest for both groups are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
StatePublished - 2014
Event121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2014Jun 18 2014


Other121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityIndianapolis, IN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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