McNair Scholars Program

Program Objectives & Outcomes


The program objectives are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relational and Time-Specific)

85% of McNair Scholar participants will complete research and scholarly activities that will directly impact their educational progression each McNair program academic year.

6% of McNair Scholar Program bachelor’s degree recipients (or equivalent) will be accepted and enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program of study by the fall term of the academic year immediately following the completion of bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).

65% of first year graduate students will continue to be enrolled in graduate school at the beginning of the fall term of the next academic year.

10% of McNair Scholar Program participants will attain a doctoral degree within 10 Years of the attainment of the bachelor’s degree.


Given the legislative intent of the McNair Scholars Program, as a result of their McNair experiences, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level education;
  • Research and identify potential graduate programs in their field of study;
  • Research and identify potential sources of financial support for graduate study;
  • Develop a cogent research design;
  • Describe and present their research at national conferences and to varied audiences;
  • Describe and explain pathways and obstacles to the professoriate.