By Hanna McLeod
Trends within underrepresented minority populations at AACSB schools and within education in general, has long been a topic of significant interest to the public. As Elliot Davis mentions in an earlier blog post, AACSB continues to support and explore initiatives that aim to increase minority representation – both by students and faculty – within business schools.
The tables below show a glimpse of some of these trends, specifically a five year comparison within AACSB-accredited schools regarding undergraduate enrollment, faculty counts, and their respective ratios, for American Indian/Native American, Black/non-Hispanic, Hispanic, and White/non-Hispanic populations. *Business School Questionnaire (BSQ); 371 U.S. AACSB-accredited schools that reported this data in both given years
An initial observation is that faculty counts for the three listed minority populations have increased in that five year period, while undergraduate enrollment has seen significant drops except for the Hispanic population, which has grown by more than 14 percent. In light of this growth, however, the undergraduate student to faculty ratio for the Hispanic population at AACSB schools remains high, actually increasing in that time period to 146 Hispanic students for every Hispanic faculty member. From this data one can assume that although AACSB schools are experiencing growth in Hispanic undergraduate enrollment and faculty numbers, the rate of growth is still not fast enough for improvements in lower student to faculty ratios in the undergraduate classroom, particularly in comparison with the other groups. Does this data mirror minority trends and representation at your business school? What other observations do you think are interesting to note?