The Examination of One HBCU’s Graduate School Enrollment and Trends: A Ten-Year Case Study

Corrine Vaughn, Tennessee State University


HBCUs produce 25% of all the African American graduates with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees. In the last 10-years, there has been a perpetual decline in graduate student enrollment and retention rates at a certain HBCU’s graduate school. Therefore, this study examined one HBCU that has documented a significant decline in enrollments within the last 10-years and investigated the variables that have and are contributing to this decline. This research investigation explored noted challenges, possible preventative measures, and processes that have been challenging as well as strategies that could lead to increased enrollment and improved persistence of graduate students. This case study was accomplished through a quantitative investigation of the declining enrollment of graduate students in an HBCU's graduate schools and programs. Historical data over a 10-year period was collected and interviews were conducted to investigate the phenomenon of declining enrollment. It is the hope that this research case study would identify contributing variables that affect graduate student enrollment and to develop intervention processes and procedures that could help to increase graduate student enrollment in an HBCU’s graduate school.

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Corrine Vaughn, "The Examination of One HBCU’s Graduate School Enrollment and Trends: A Ten-Year Case Study" (2020). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI28153724.