Keri Heitner, PhD, is an academician and researcher with more than 25 years of experience conducting service delivery research and development, evaluation, needs assessment, and labor market research in the education, health care, business, government, and nonprofit sectors. She earned a PhD and an MPhil in environmental psychology from the City University of New York and a master's in general/experimental psychology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. She teaches doctoral research and residency classes and is a doctoral dissertation chair and committee member in the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theme 1: Creating Diversity
The Role of Career Colleges
Implications for Serving Racial and Ethnic Minority Students
Article first published online: 30 MAY 2013
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Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture
Special Issue: Reframing Diversity Interventions in Austere Times
Volume 3, Issue S1, pages 78–103, May 2013
How to Cite
Heitner, K. and Sherman, K. C. (2013), The Role of Career Colleges. J of Psych Issues in Org Culture, 3: 78–103. doi: 10.1002/jpoc.21098
- Issue published online: 30 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 30 MAY 2013
Career colleges may have an important role in addressing the educational needs of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in higher education, such as African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans/Alaska Natives. This study focused on examining the extent to which career colleges meet the needs of these ethnic racial and minority students in states with the highest educational needs through analysis of publicly available data from NCHEMS, the Educational Needs Index, the American Community Survey, and College Navigator (IPEDS) on a sample of 114 for-profit career colleges and 40 public/not-for-profit colleges. Racial/ethnic categories corresponded to categories reported in the IPEDS dataset. Career colleges outperformed other colleges in graduating students from these racial and ethnic minority backgrounds. Career colleges successful at enrolling, retaining, and/or graduating students from one racial or ethnic minority group appear to benefit students who are members of other racial or ethnic minority groups. Students may see that members of another racial or ethnic minority group can succeed in higher education and think that they can succeed, too. The results suggest narrowly focused diversity efforts on specific racial or ethnic student subpopulations may derive benefit across multiple subpopulations of students from racial and ethnic minority groups.