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.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors would like to thank Lauren R. Erickson from the University of Massachusetts Amherst for her assistance with coding. The first author conceived of the presented idea. The first and second authors designed the coding scheme, and the third author performed the data extraction and ran frequencies under the supervision of authors one and two. The first two authors wrote the majority of the manuscript and managed critical revisions throughout the review process. Final approval of the version to be published was made by all authors.
© 2019 by the National Council on Measurement in Education
- educational measurement
- graduate admissions
- underrepresented ethnic minorities