Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Workforce Development Education (EdD)

Degree Level



Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders


Michael T. Miller

Committee Member

Kenda S. Grover

Second Committee Member

Adam A. Morris


Social sciences, Education, African-American students, Graduate students, Recruitment


The purpose for conducting this qualitative study was to identify how the U of A approached the recruiting of African American graduate students over a ten year period of time. Based upon best practices for recruiting African American graduate students which was identified in current and scholarly literature in the field, the study examined the recruiting practices at U of A from 2000-2010. The personal interview was the instrument of choice, and within this time period, 40 interviews were conducted. The participants included the chancellor, college deans, faculty, graduate coordinators and recruiters from the various departments and colleges which offered graduate degree programs, personnel from the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Support Services, personnel from the Graduate School Admissions Office, and other administrators who were identified as being pertinent to this study.

The findings presented models for best practices in the recruitment of minority students, especially African American graduate students. Relevant topics were discussed such as perceived barriers to the recruiting process, funding issues for graduate assistantships, and the perceptions of prospective minority students, campus faculty, and the general public regarding the campus climate. Conclusions and recommendations were also presented.