Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

How Large Is the Pool?

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

How Large Is the Pool?

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Those who recruit African Americans into math-based disciplines often complain that the "eligible" pool is too small.

Eligibility criteria vary from program to program, and many factors can influence admissions decisions. However, applicants generally present grade point averages (GPAs) of at least 3.0 and cumulative Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores of 1000 or better. Most graduate schools require the submission of GRE scores as a part of the admission application.

In 1993, according to a sample study conducted by the Frederick D. Patterson Institute of data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of African American undergraduates who completed their baccalaureate degrees with a GPA of 3.0 or better was roughly 46 percent. This compares to 72 percent of Whites and 70 percent of all bachelor's degree recipients.

Since 77,872 African American students graduated with bachelor's degrees in 1993, 46 percent would constitute approximately 36,000 students. …

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