Life Sciences Dean’s Diversity Advisory Committee recommended that Life Sciences’ departments abandon the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) for admissions to graduate programs. Research has shown that GRE scores are not predictive of a student’s future success, and that they disadvantage students from diverse backgrounds. Today, Life Sciences’ departments like Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Integrative Biology and Physiology; Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics; Society and Genetics; and Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology have all done away with the GRE requirement. Since 2013-14, enrollment of domestic underrepresented-minority graduate students in Life Sciences has increased from 14% graduate students to 29%. And over the past 5 years, the total number of underrepresented-minority graduate students in Life Sciences has nearly doubled from 81 in 2015-16 to 153 in 2020-21.
Senate Faculty Workforce Diversity (No DGSOM)