I read an interesting article today about attrition and racial and ethnic diversity. This article is in the Journal of Allied Health (which is a great resource, btw), vol 39, issue #2, pages 104-109 entitled Racial-Ethnic Diversity in Allied Health, the Continuing Challenge, author Fred Donini-Lenhoff.
The article discussed how "the racial-ethnic diversity of health professionals has not kept pace with demographic changes in the general population of the United States, with significant consequences for the health of minority populations and access to health care services."
Some interesting points:
- "Student attrition in allied health educational programs is not a new problem"
- "...attrition among students from underrepresented minorities remains high (most noticeably at for-profit institutions)"
- " In addition, attrition is an issue throughout the community college environment, where many allied health programs are located, 'because many students are ill-prepared academically when they enter college and juggle classes with work and family obligations. Little is offered in the way of tutoring, counseling or financial aid.'"
- "...variables associated with a lowered persistence rate (attrition) in completing an allied health education degree in the United States included
- being under the age of 22,
- having a mother with a college degree,
- having low college entrance exam scores,
- having a low GPA or no reported GPA,
- working full-time,
- and attending a for-profit institution."
- "To help individual students, mentoring, counseling, and academic/financial assistance - both pre- and post-admission - are needed to reduce attrition at all institutions, public and private, nonprofit and for-profit alike."
This article brings up some interesting points that I would one day like to pursue further. I thought it was interesting and found it important to share.