Washington, D.C. ̶ The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has selected 20 proposals representing 21 universities to participate in a study to examine completion and attrition among underrepresented minorities in STEM doctoral programs. The project, referred to as CGS’s Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion (DIMAC), funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) (grant # 1138814), will compare data across a diverse set of institutions, including some that have been funded by NSF’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. The purpose of this research is to better understand the factors that promote successful completion and the policies and practices that hold promise for increasing completion and reducing attrition.
“Through analysis of data, both quantitative and qualitative, we will create a tool kit of key policies and practices that have been shown to increase completion and reduce attrition rates of underrepresented minority students,” said CGS President Debra W. Stewart. She added, “Given changing demographics in the United States, the findings from this initiative will only become more important in the years to come.”
Each awardee will receive $30,000 in funding to participate. The Research Partners, selected by an independent committee are:
|Brown University||University of California, Irvine|
|Drexel University||University of California, San Diego|
|Florida International University||University of Central Florida|
|Florida State University||University of Georgia|
|Loyola University Chicago||University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign|
|New Mexico State University||University of Iowa|
|North Carolina State University||University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
|Northwestern University||University of Mississippi / Mississippi State University (joint proposal)|
|Princeton University||University of Missouri-Columbia|
|Texas A & M University||University of South Florida|
The projected release date of the study’s findings is June, 2014.
The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is an organization of over 500 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada engaged in graduate education, research, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. Among U.S. institutions, CGS members award 92% of the doctoral degrees and 77% of the master’s degrees.* The organization’s mission is to improve and advance graduate education, which it accomplishes through advocacy in the federal policy arena, research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.
* Based on data from the 2010 CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees
As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. Based in Washington, DC, the organization provides its members with regular updates and analyses of legislative and regulatory proposals and policies that affect graduate education.
View Public Policy work