ERIC Number: ED330275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Suggestions for Assessment of the Campus Racial/Ethnic Climate: A Coordinated Campus Self-Study.
Jolly, E. Ann; May, Dennis H.
This paper is a proposal to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on ways to evaluate its environment for multicultural living and education. The paper begins by discussing the nature and definition of a multicultural society in higher education and the nation and minority population trends into the next century. The next issue examined concerns how well the university is doing in equipping its students, faculty, and staff to understand and function in a multicultural society. References are made to several events and approaches that have addressed the racial/ethnic climate issue. These are: (1) a chancellor's conference in 1988 that addressed the role and responsibility of the university in regard to the education of minorities; (2) a 1989 teleconference on minority recruitment and retention; (3) the development of a racial/ethnic climate assessment guide by the U.S. Justice Department; and (4) a research model that is described in the recently issued Stanford Minority Issues Committee Report. Current possibilities that exist at the university for establishing its own racial/ethnic campus self-study are examined. Finally, recommendations are provided for formulating a university self-assessment. These include the need for a central organizing role for the chancellor; comprehensiveness in the assessment goals; a broad inclusion of members of the campus community as "stakeholders" in the self-study; and the use of multiple research methods. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (98th Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).