An Analysis of College Choice Information Provided on Graduate Program Websites: Implications for Improving Applicant Diversity in Educational Measurement

Joseph A. Rios, Jennifer Randall, Marina Donnelly

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Abstract

There has long been a concern about the lack of representation of ethnic minorities in the field of educational measurement. As previous research has shown that graduate programs primarily rely on their websites for recruiting efforts, the objective of this study was to conduct a content analysis of all U.S. educational measurement program websites to evaluate the availability of college choice information found to be useful for underrepresented ethnic minority applicants. In terms of program climate, results revealed that less than 10% of programs directly encouraged ethnic minorities to apply or included an antidiscrimination statement with regard to application review on their websites. Moreover, only a few program websites indicated the availability of flexible programming—previously found to be important for underrepresented ethnic minority students—such as part-time options (16%), evening courses (10%), and online course/program availability (8%). Recommendations for how measurement programs can improve their websites to include desirable college choice information for underrepresented ethnic minority applicants are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-77
Number of pages11
JournalEducational Measurement: Issues and Practice
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Keywords

  • diversity
  • educational measurement
  • graduate admissions
  • psychometrics
  • underrepresented ethnic minorities

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