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The New Mexico Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate: Statistical Counterflow. David Johnson Dean of Graduate Studies New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology djohnson@nmt.edu. 27-Jan-06. Graduate School decision-makers include:

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The New Mexico Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate:

Statistical Counterflow

David Johnson

Dean of Graduate Studies

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

djohnson@nmt.edu

27-Jan-06

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Graduate School decision-makers include:

  • Graduate school and Academic Deans, Provosts and other administrators
  • STEM Departmental Chairs
  • STEM Departmental Admissions and Selection Committees
  • STEM Departmental Graduate Program Directors or Advisors
  • STEM Faculty

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The New Mexico Alliance:

    • New Mexico State University (NMSU; lead)
    • University of New Mexico (UNM)
    • New Mexico Tech (NMT)

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UNM

NMT

NMSU

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About New Mexico Tech:

  • Located in Socorro, New Mexico at the center of an hispanic majority state
  • Socorro is a small (~10,000 pop.) community with historical ties to mining.
  • Nearest metropolitan center is Albuquerque @ ~75 miles

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New Mexico Tech is small with ~2,000 students of which ~500 are graduate students.

  • Institute of Engineering and Science – particularly noted for its doctoral programs in hydrology and astrophysics.
  • Change at NMT has been “attenuated”

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Departmental Admissions/Selection Committees – the Practice at New Mexico Tech

NMT is a small school with many fewer administrative layers.

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Admissions/Selection Committees

    • Departments make admissions decisions employing a wide variety of approaches.
    • How do we maximize consideration of qualified underrepresented minority applicants?

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Meet with departments/committees – regularly

  • Steering Committee as advocates for UM admission
  • Financial Incentives – for the student and for the departmental participation in UM recruitment.
  • Other incentives – Support letters for “Criterion 2”

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Practically, how can we get URM applications in front of faculty and departments?

… and how can departments be “encouraged” to give these applications serious consideration?

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Collect the data:

    • Number of UM applications to each department
    • UM Percentage admitted
    • UM Percentage matriculated

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Distribute the (disaggregated) data:

    • To the departments
    • Cc the provost

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