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Impact of Degree Change on Students of Color w/ Tedd Girouard
Episode 1019th April 2021 • The AT Last Podcast • AT LAST
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We sit down with a highly experienced, empathic, and culturally competent educator to discuss the impact of degree inflation on the recruitment and retention of students of Color.


  1. Potential negative impacts of degree change to underrepresented student of color
  2. Financial constraints
  3. Bachelors versus masters degree
  4. GA positions will change
  5. Geographic constraints
  6. Cost of education vs post grad salary
  7. Greater length of time until in the work force
  8. Isolation/alienation
  9. Few POC in the program
  10. Current programs don’t recruit
  11. 80% of program directors do not intentionally recruit POC
  12. Soon to be published data from Dr. Warren
  13. Most AT programs are at predominantly white schools
  14. One HBCU with athletic training major1
  15. Bethune-Cookman Univ
  16. Is there a gap in cultural competence in current AT education?
  17. Most educators do not endorse having high levels of confidence in cultural comptency3
  18. These educators lack diversity
  19. Degree change FAQ’s from NATA2
  20. How will the degree change impact diversity?
  21. “It was found that greater diversity exists at the graduate level of athletic training programs than it does at the undergraduate level. In addition, minorities represent a high population of student athletes. Therefore, the degree level change may also open up the opportunity to become an athletic trainer for more minority students, as the athletes can complete their AT coursework once their undergraduate playing days are completed.”
  22. Does the change increase student debt?
  23. “The extra one to two years of school does mean debt will increase; however, when you compare ATs who have master’s degrees with those who don’t, ATs with master’s have more longevity in the profession and higher rates of full time employment, which often corresponds to increased salaries. Even though the debt is higher, having a master’s could help contribute to increased salary, thus reducing student debt at a quicker rate.”
  24. References
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  27. 3. Grove DH, Mansell J. Cultural competence: where are we as athletic training educators? Athletic Training Education Journal. 2020;15(1):49-54.
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