By Jeremy Craig, Communications Manager for the Office of the Provost
The Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni (The CASA) will host a book signing and open house for Academic Pipeline Programs: Diversifying Pathways from the Bachelors to the Professoriate, a new book investigating how academic institutions can measure and compare their programs aimed at diversity, equity and inclusion – including the framework that powers the DEI website’s Diversity Database.
The new date/time is 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The event will be held at the University Library - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-signing-academic-pipeline-programs-tickets-187000693107.
Academic Pipeline Programs: Diversifying Pathways from the Bachelors to the Professoriate is the work of Dr. Curtis Byrd, Special Advisor to the Provost for DEI, and Dr. Rihana Mason, Research Scientist in the Urban Child Study Center.
For many years, higher education has faced a problem of a lack of diversity in its faculty and administrative ranks – a systemic problem that academic pipeline programs work to address by encouraging students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue the graduate degree programs necessary to rise in the ranks to leadership.
Academic pipeline programs are critical in increasing diversity among students from underrepresented backgrounds, but there remain long-time questions: how effective are these programs, how do they compare among institutions, and what can higher education institutions do to ensure success?
In the book, Dr. Byrd and Dr. Mason detail best practices of successful academic and privately funded pre-collegiate, collegiate, graduate, and postdoctoral and faculty development pipeline programs. The book is an exploration of 21 hallmark academic pipeline programs using the THRIVE© (Type, History, Research, Inclusion, Identity, Voice, and Expectation) methodology.
THRIVE is the assessment tool used for the DEI website’s Diversity Database, which contains more than 140 programs and initiatives related to DEI across Georgia State’s departments and units. With THRIVE and the centralization the database provides, these programs are inventoried to provide a valuable, much broader picture of Georgia State’s work in DEI as a whole.
Learn more about THRIVE below.
- Type (T): Where the program falls in the pipeline structure
- History (H): Context, milestones, longevity, educational outcomes
- Research (R): Research preparation and program components
- Identity/Inclusion (I): How programs are inclusive of students on campuses
- Voice (V): How each program creates a positive environment for students to enhance their voice
- Expectations (E): Expectations of what the student gains from the program
The book and interviews with Dr. Byrd and Dr. Mason have been covered across different media, including podcasts.
Links to the articles, podcasts and information about how to purchase/obtain the book are included through a link to a DEI Resource Library listing below. In the Resource Library listing, there is also a link to a SAGE webinar series covering the topics investigated by the scholars.