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This new and completely revised edition is a study of the successes and failures of the collective efforts employed to assist black Americans to enter the professional mainstream. More important, Mainstreaming Outsiders is a guidebook to thoseMoreThis new and completely revised edition is a study of the successes and failures of the collective efforts employed to assist black Americans to enter the professional mainstream. More important, Mainstreaming Outsiders is a guidebook to those institutionsacademic, corporate, and governmentthat offer the best opportunities for black graduate (and undergraduate) students to continue their education and join the ranks of American professionals. As a tool for finding the right school for the aspiring black, this is a must book for high school, college, and university libraries. The fields of study selected for analysis include medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, engineering and architecture, law, social work, as well as doctoral degrees in the arts and humanities,the social sciences and the physical sciences.Author Biography: James E. Blackwell (Ph.D. Washington State University- M.A. and B.A., Case Western Reserve University) has been a Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts/Boston since 1970. Dr. Blackwell has taught ast Case Western Reserve University, San Jose State University, Washington State University, Grambling State University, Tribuvhan University (Nepal) and the University of East Africa (Tanzania). Among the honors received and positions held in professional organizations are: The DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award (1986) and the Spivak Award (1979) of the American Sociological Association- membership in the Sociological Research Association- President of the Eastern Sociological Society (1981-1982)- President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) (1980-1981), and FoundingPresident of the Caucus of Black Sociologists (1970-1972). During the Sixties, he directed Peace Corps activities in Tanzania and in Malawi and was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service Officer Corps in Nepal. Dr. Blackwell has been an Invited Member of the White House Conference on Aging- Member, Advisory Board and ConsultantUnited Board for College Development- Member, Research Study and Review Panel, Social and Rehabilitation Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Member of Special Task Force Conference on Dismantling Dual Systems in Higher Education- Member of Special Task Force on Equality of Opportunity to Graduate and Professional Schools- Member, Critical Issues in Higher Education- and Appointed to the Advisory Committee on Research of the College Entrance Examination Board. His scholarly research and publications have focused on racial and ethnic minorities, race relations theory, desegregation, and the social dynamics of the black community. His major books include The Black Community: Diversity and Unity- Cities, Suburbs, and Blacks (with Philip Hart)- Black Sociologists: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (with Morris Janowitz)- The Power Basis of Inter-Ethnic Conflict in American Society- and Networking and Mentoring. In addition, he has published numerous journal articles, chapters for textbooks, and research monographs. In his view, Black Americans continue to be outsiders in graduate and professional education, despite significant gains achieved during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. He documents enrollment and graduation trends by race and shows how specific factors are correlated with both success and failure in the recuitment, admissions, enrollment and graduation of Black students from graduate and professional schools. Specific attention is focused on Engineering, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Law, Optometry, Pharmacy, Social Work and Doctorate Degrees Granted in the Physical Sciences, Education, Humanities and Arts, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Professions.