African-American Female Administrators at Predominantly White Institutions in Tennessee: Is There a Need for Affirmative Action?
With recent attention given to affirmative action and race relations, the purpose of this research was to revisit a previous study made in 2001 and determine if there was a need for further attention to African-American female administrators at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) in Tennessee based on the number of such in these positions.
In 2001, these individuals made up 26% of the similarly classified administrative/professional positions in the Tennessee Board of Regents schools, half of which were located at Tennessee State University which is a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). A review of data in 2015 show at Middle Tennessee State University, 6.4% of positions classified as executive/administrative/managerial were held by African-American females compared to 35% White females and 51.3% White males. At the University of Memphis, 18.9% African-American females were in executive/administrative/managerial positions compared to 31% for White females. At the University of Tennessee, 9.5 % of the executive/administrative/managerial positions were held by African Americans (including both males and females). Information was not obtainable from Austin Peay and Tennessee Technological Universities. Data show, at the very least, a decline in the disaggregating of data for African-American female administrators. Data also show low numbers and percentages of African-American females in executive or managerial roles in year 2015.
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