Congressional Briefing - June 23, 2010

Diversity of Service Academy Entrants and Graduates
*Remarks by Rep. Elijah Cummings and the Honorable Madeleine Bordallo*

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Sheila Nataraj Kirby, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation


Wednesday, June 23, 2010


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


340 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

About the Program

RAND conducted a congressionally mandated assessment for the Department of Defense of recruiting efforts, admissions policies, graduation rates, and career success rates with respect to the diversity of entrants and graduates of the United States Military Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, and the United States Naval Academy. This briefing focuses on minority representation in entering classes and academic and career outcomes of minorities. Specifically, it examines changes over time in

  • characteristics of entrants
  • first-year completion and graduation rates of minorities
  • completion of initial service obligations following graduation
  • rates of continuation in service beyond the initial service obligation.

In addition, the briefing compares graduation rates of minorities in the service academies with those in peer civilian colleges.

About the Speaker

Sheila Nataraj Kirby's primary research areas are economics of education and military manpower. Her education work has encompassed analyses of teacher education reform, teacher merit pay, student and school performance, analyses of teacher supply and demand, teachers of children at risk for educational failure, and comprehensive school reform. Her military work has focused on issues of personnel recruitment, training, and readiness, including a large study of recruitment and training in the special operations forces, with an emphasis on minority recruitment and participation. Kirby received her Ph.D. in economics from The George Washington University.

About RAND

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND focuses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. As a nonpartisan organization, RAND operates independent of political and commercial pressures. We serve the public interest by helping lawmakers reach informed decisions on the nation's pressing challenges.

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