Underrepresented Students and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic presented new obstacles to the matriculation, persistence and completion of U.S. graduate students, with those who are first-generation, low-income, racially and ethnically underrepresented (URM) at greatest risk for educational disruptions. CGS collaborated with the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS), with funding from NSF-RAPID, to provide just-in-time interventions to help these students’ success.

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Closing Disparities for Latinx Students

Latinx graduate students remain disproportionately underrepresented in U.S. higher education. Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are in a particularly strong position to catalyze change, but institutions of all types have a role to play. CGS’ research and toolkit provide a framework for accessing and implementing the resources needed to improve outcomes for Latinx students.

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Learn more about Underrepresented Student Degree Completion

CGS has assembled the largest dataset of its kind to estimate the percentage of URM doctoral students in STEM fields who completed or withdrew from their program and the time it took them to complete the doctoral degree.