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Success of the HBI Visitation Program

This visitation program works! It has proved to be our most successful and effective recruiting tool at the graduate level. To date, the HBI Visitation Program has brought over 700 undergraduate honors students to the Purdue University campus. In 1987 there were 74 African American graduate students enrolled at Purdue; by fall 2002, this figure had increased to 183. In part, the visitation program is responsible for this increase in Purdue's graduate African American student enrollment. Each year the 60 visitors represent potential graduate students in 30 disciplines. Since the beginning of the program in 1988, 122 students have graduated with master's degrees, and 29 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded. An additional nine students who have received master's degrees are now Ph.D. candidates at Purdue.

The cooperative relationship that has developed over the last 11 years with the administrators and students of the HBI institutions has helped build bridges of understanding between Purdue and these institutions. The Purdue faculty and staff have become more aware and sensitive to the problems and difficulties that the HBCU's students encounter as they matriculate at a major research institution. And significantly, we are able to demonstrate that minority students enrolled at Purdue find our institution to be conducive to a quality education.