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Employer perceptions of technology graduates from historically Black colleges and universities: A Q methodological study


2007 2007

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Technology jobs are projected to double over the next five years. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) technology graduates entering the workforce seek the same career opportunities as graduates from nonHBCUs; however, such equity remains clearly inadequate within the United States. This research investigated the lack of employment opportunities for technology graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A mixed-model approach, Q methodology, identified employer perceptions. Q methodology has a proven history of illuminating agreement and differences among individual and group perceptions. Six employers participated in this study. The research questions were developed to expose and identify employer perceptions. Correlation and factor analysis were used to analyze the data. The results of this study show participants in the study perceived HBCU technology graduates as intelligent, possessing the necessary skills to succeed in the workplace, and being recipients of high-quality educations from high-quality institutions. However, the results also indicate that HBCU technology graduates do not have the same employment opportunities as their peers at nonHBCUs. By exposing and identifying employer perceptions of HBCU technology graduates, this study increases the understanding of employer perceptions of HBCU technology graduates. Using the systems thinking approach, HBCUs and employers can collaborate to develop a recruiting process targeted at improving employment opportunities for these technology graduates. This research provides insight into how employers perceive HBCU technology graduates. HBCU career development centers can develop strategies to attract more employers to recruit at their campuses.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Management;
Historically Black Colleges & Universities;
High tech industries;
College graduates;
Job hunting;
Employers;
Perceptions;
Student recruitment;
Studies
Classification
0325: Black studies
0454: Management
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Employer perceptions; Historically Black; Technology graduates
Title
Employer perceptions of technology graduates from historically Black colleges and universities: A Q methodological study
Author
Jackson, Terence
Number of pages
135
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0543
Source
DAI-A 68/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549187868
Advisor
Korrapati, Raghu
Committee member
Hamzaee, Reza; McCollum, Walter; Simon, Marilyn
University/institution
Walden University
Department
Applied Management and Decision Sciences
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3277887
ProQuest document ID
304767319
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304767319
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