By Elliot Davis
As mentioned in part one, the increase in the percentage of African-Americans completing business doctoral degrees in the U.S. has been rapid. Many of these degrees are being earned at institutions that are not AACSB-accredited.
You can see in the following chart that in the mid 2000’s the gap between completions occurring at AACSB-accredited institutions and non AACSB-accredited institutions began to increase and has since grown considerably over the past decade. In fact, since 2004, there have been more completions in the U.S. each year by African-Americans at schools that lack AACSB accreditation than at AACSB-accredited schools.
When looking at Hispanics, the same trend does seem to be occurring though to a much lesser degree. Here’s a look at that data.
Hispanics have remained closely distributed between both AACSB and non AACSB-accredited schools, but have seen more total completions at non AACSB-accredited schools consistently since 2006. While the gap has grown, the difference is still slight compared to what we have seen with African-Americans.
The sample sizes are much smaller when looking at Native-Americans, so it is harder to project this group’s trajectory than the others. Here are the completions for Native-Americans.
In recent years, there have been more Native-American business doctoral completions at non AACSB-accredited schools, but the difference has been only 2 to 3 degree completions, on average. Not much can be drawn from such a small sampling of individuals, but it is interesting to track the relationship between the two completions types.
Diversity amongst business doctoral graduates is certainly an important focus for numerous parties, notably including The PhD Project. Pulling the start data back even further to 1985, there has been an unequivocal rise in graduates from the highlighted minority groups at AACSB-accredited schools.
A disproportionately large increase has also been observed among graduates from schools that lack AACSB accreditation in the U.S. What does this mean for diversity amongst business doctoral graduates, and their qualifications? Do you think these trends will continue to progress moving into the latter half of the decade and beyond?