In 2015, professors at Howard University in Washington, DC came up with the idea of creating a doctorate. in higher education with a focus on institutions serving minorities (ISM). To some, this goal may seem quite specific for a PhD. program. However, for anyone who studies American higher education closely, this shouldn’t be. MSIs are growing at a rapid pace. There are nearly 750, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic Service Institutions (HSI), Asian American and Native American Service Establishments. Pacific Islands (AANAPISI), predominantly black settlements (PBI), among others. MSI currently educates over 28% of all undergraduates and over 40% of undergraduates of color. Despite this impressive growth, we know very little about most types of MSI.
According to Robert Palmer, a professor at Howard University and one of the academics who helped develop and guide the program through the institution’s approval process, “The doctorate. Howard University’s program prepares students to understand executive leadership, policy making, and how to use research to make informed decisions on issues related to MSI. One of the objectives of the program is to prepare students to become academic practitioners; they are encouraged to use research to advocate for MSI in various areas of higher education, especially politics.
Although other Ph.D. programs focused on higher education have begun to include courses relating to MSI – for example, the University of Wisconsin or New York University – Howard’s curriculum incorporates subjects and issues related to MSI in its curriculum. Not only are students encouraged to tackle key issues that impact MSI, such as funding and leadership, according to Palmer, “given Howard’s location, students have privileged access to learning organizations. leadership and policy that are engaged in work related to MSI. He added, “The president of Howard University, Wayne Frederick, is involved in the Ph.D. program. In fact, he teaches a course and students can learn first-hand the various dimensions of being president of a. MSI from him and his cabinet.
Ashleigh Brown-Grier, a Howard Program student studying internationalization and HBCUs, has applied for various doctorates. programs – both in HBCUs and in predominantly white institutions (PWI).
Although she considered taking a PWI for her PhD, she was “told they didn’t feel comfortable working with HBCU research.” Brown-Grier was “shocked by these [faculty] answers. In his third year of the program now, Brown-Grier said, “Howard’s program is unique because I am learning MSI at an HBCU. It doesn’t get better than that. My teachers are confident when they talk about MSI. I don’t have to worry about them feeling uncomfortable with my research topic.
Stacey Speller, first year doctoral student. program, focuses its research on the Latinx student body attending HBCUs – a population that has grown in recent years as Latinx students realize that the HBCU environment provides a supportive environment that meets their intellectual and socio-emotional needs. She said, “There is something powerful about being in a room with a group of critical thinkers unpacking academic work with an intentional goal of seeking justice for marginalized communities.”
She also shared, just like Palmer above, that the proximity to key MSI-related organizations such as the United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Excelencia in Education and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education brings the learning environment to life.
According to Palmer, “The fact that this doctorate. The program started at Howard, fits the school’s narrative of its commitment and deep commitment to solving issues that impact black and brown communities, in this case students and MSIs. Given the 2020 census forecast predicting the nation to be a majority minority by 2050, and the fact that nearly 53% of K-12 students are students of color, most colleges and universities in the countries will move towards enrolling much more diverse students. soon, and many will eventually become MSIs. The question is: are colleges and universities ready for these big demographic changes in the classroom?
Speller believes that MSI is ready and shared, “MSIs lead the educational charge of evoking greater equity between racial and ethnic groups and it is our responsibility to keep them at the forefront of research and studies in the field. ‘Higher Education.”