The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program produces clear results
for states working to diversify the faculty on their college
campuses. The SREB State and Regional Profiles show how
states’ funding for underrepresented minority doctoral scholars
has paid off in shorter time-to-degree, savings on tuition,
higher earnings and more. Detailed state profiles
While the college student population and the country as a
whole grow increasingly diverse, the race and
ethnicity of higher education faculty do not reflect
that reality. The SREB State Diversity Profiles detail
data, for each SREB state and the Southern region, at two-
and four-year institutions and at different degree levels.
Detailed state diversity profiles
Student debt disproportionately affects students of
color and could contribute to a lack of diversity
among college faculty. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars
Program aims to reduce this barrier by providing financial
support for its participants. This brief presents findings
from a survey of Doctoral Scholar
Program alumni compared with data collected from a
national survey to provide insight on the impact
of program participation on student debt burden.
The reckoning with racial injustice across the United
States offers an important opportunity for state leaders and
universities to address the lack of diversity among college
faculty and increase their commitments to diversity,
equity and inclusion. This report offers four
recommendations for increasing faculty diversity based on
SREB’s 30 years of research and work with this issue.
SREB’s Doctoral Scholars Program is marking its 25th year of
service to the South and the nation, having helped nearly 1,000
underrepresented students of color graduate with a
Ph.D. Another 400 doctoral students are now working on a
Ph.D. through the program. Nearly three out of four graduates of
the program are teaching in college classrooms, in 43 states and
counting. Despite this progress, the situation remains dire.
Major shortages of faculty members of color persist, as many
older professors retire and the nation’s student demographics
continue to shift substantially.