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Global Competition: America’s Underrepresented Minorities Will Be Left Behind

by Mehmet Dali Öztürk - June 11, 2007

This commentary presents a global, nonplutocratic, yet autological perspective on American higher education, international competition and its effects on underrepresented minorities in the United States. Despite its advanced level and global dominance, American higher education faces critical challenges. Difficulties in the U.S. national production of competitive talent from the domestic population may lead to policies that encourage the importation of high human capital from the global talent pool. Such policies may also allow America’s minority achievement gap in education to persist indefinitely and leave U.S. minorities ill-prepared to compete effectively in the global economy.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 11, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14518, Date Accessed: 6/24/2021 9:07:00 PM

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  • Mehmet Öztürk
    Arizona State University
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    MEHMET DALI ÖZTURK, a native of Turkey, is the Executive Director of Research and Evaluation at the Arizona State University’s Office of the Vice President for Education Partnerships, which works with pre-K-12, public and private sector partners to enhance the academic performance of students in high need communities. Most recently, as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California-Berkeley (UCB), Dr. Öztürk’s work focused on identifying, reviewing, and assessing exemplary and promising programs designed to improve educational outcomes for African American, Latino, and Native American undergraduates in the U.S. Dr. Öztürk’s evaluation and research interests are broadly targeted at the topics of student access, academic success, evidence-based policy development, and the efficacy of university-school (K-12) partnerships in systemic change. Dr. Öztürk received his Ph.D. in International/Intercultural Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Southern California (USC). He also holds a Master of Arts in College and University Administration from Michigan State University (MSU) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Measurement and Evaluation in Education from Hacettepe University (HU), Turkey.
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