Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (EDGE-SBE) is a four institution alliance between Texas A&M, Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the University of Texas-Austin to help redress the under- under-representation of Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans in PhD programs in the SBE sciences.At Texas A&M University, the Department of Sociology has a long history of participation in programs to increase the representation of minority graduate students. The two other departments participating in the EDGE/SBE program include Political Science and Psychology, each of which has experienced success in the recruitment of minority graduate students as well as faculty. With support from the National Science Foundation's the project resources target the following goals.
- To increase the enrollment, retention, and successful graduation of under-represented minority students in the graduate programs of the SBE Sciences at our institutions.
- To help create institutional change focused on improving graduate program diversity in the SBE sciences on each of our campuses.
- To create a network of universities in the southwest region of the United States to share best practices in the area of diversity across campuses.