Crippled at the Starting Gate: The Graduate Schools Created and Perpetuate the Gender Gap in Science and Engineering

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In Crippled at the Starting Cute, Robert Leslie Fisher argues that the United States needs an education bill, much like the G.I. Bill passed after World War II, to send more Americans to graduate school in the sciences and engineering. Equally important, the graduate schools need to change their culture not only to recruit more women, African Americans, and Latinos into science, but to promote them to senior faculty positions.

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Crippled at the Starting Gate: The Graduate Schools Created and Perpetuate the Gender Gap in Science and Engineering

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Overview

In Crippled at the Starting Cute, Robert Leslie Fisher argues that the United States needs an education bill, much like the G.I. Bill passed after World War II, to send more Americans to graduate school in the sciences and engineering. Equally important, the graduate schools need to change their culture not only to recruit more women, African Americans, and Latinos into science, but to promote them to senior faculty positions.

Accomplishing these changes in university science and engineering departments will be challenging as the institutions have a strong propensity to recruit white males similar to the overwhelming white male senior faculty.

In Making Science Fair (2007), Fisher urged new productivity metrics to assure that more women can advance in science. Now Fisher urges ending burdensome educational practices including requiring women and foreign graduate students to teach under-graduates, which adversely affects both the graduate students and the undergraduates.

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Edward Hannan
Fisher's book supplies the reader with considerable food for thought about how to enhance STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] graduate program admission and retention by appealing to underrepresented groups who have much more to contribute to these fields. It provides some thought-provoking recommendations that could be adopted at all levels of the educational process, not just in graduate schools. It is this kind of out-of the-box thing thinking that is needed if our country is to reverse the alarming deficits in STEM students and employees that have become increasingly prevalent during the course of the last 2-3 decades.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761849735
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/25/2009
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Leslie Fisher was educated in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School, a special school for science oriented students, and has degrees in sociology from City College of New York (B.A. cum laude) and Columbia University (M. philosophy). Mr. Fisher had a varied career as a criminal justice planner, research contracts officer, and program evaluator in New York State government prior to his retirement in 2003. He is now an author and a director of a nonprofit consulting organization in the Capital District of New York. Mr. Fisher is also the author of two previous nonfiction books (The Research Productivity of Scientists and Making Science Fair both published by University Press of America); and a mystery novel Vanilla Republic (AuthorHouse, 2009).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Hypotheses and study plan 11

Ch. 2 Cosseted white male students 31

Ch. 3 The less favored graduate students 51

Ch. 4 What do women and Asian students need and want (and may not be getting) from their graduate school? 83

Ch. 5 Schools and school atmosphere 105

Ch. 6 Summary and conclusions 135

App. 1 Questionnaire 147

App. 2 Additional tables 153

Bibliography 187

Index 197

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