U of M Seeks to Bolster Black Ranks in Grad School

Created: 05/30/2014 10:31 AM

The University of Minnesota plans to boost its recruiting and retention efforts to counter declining black enrollment in graduate and professional programs.
Blacks now make up 2.7 percent of all master's and Ph.D. students at the university, down from 2.9 percent four years ago. The drop has been even steeper in professional programs such as law and medicine - from 3 percent to 2.3 percent.
University officials tell Minnesota Public Radio they're at a loss to explain why fewer blacks are studying for advanced degrees there.
Sally Kohlstedt, dean of graduate education, says there's been a drop in African-Americans across the country, but Minnesota seems to be dropping even more rapidly. The university's share of black graduate students is about a quarter of that usually found around the country.       

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