Recruiting Students of Color Through Developing Online Graduate Student Panels
Kinnis Gosha, Thomas Benjamin, Morehouse College, United States ; Chinasa Ordu, Jennifer Horace, Clemson University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Due to an increase in population size of underrepresented minorities (URM) and a shortage of U.S. citizens who are entering into academic majors involving science, technology, engineering and math, it is critical for the U.S. to create a “pipeline” for undergraduate minorities to increase their presence in STEM disciplines. Graduate school panels are frequently used to disseminate information to students regarding post-baccalaureate STEM education. This research is an attempt to virtualize audience-specific graduate school panels through an online application. We hypothesize that URM with access to the application will be more encouraged to pursue graduate studies in STEM disciplines. Current results show that our application, Virtual Graduate School Panel (VGSP), is moderately favorable in usefulness to a sample of undergraduate STEM majors. Key limitations, such as a small sample and confinement to descriptive statistical test, lay the groundwork for future studies that will examine the effectiveness of the VGSP.
Gosha, K., Benjamin, T., Ordu, C. & Horace, J. (2013). Recruiting Students of Color Through Developing Online Graduate Student Panels. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1324-1330). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).