ERIC Number: ED333910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-15
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Leadership in Planning and Implementing Diversity.
Kappner, Augusta Souza
As institutions enrolling a disproportionate number of the minority students attending colleges and universities nationwide, community colleges have a considerable responsibility to develop policies that will support diversity and serve as models for the rest of higher education. At Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), the student population is 52% Black and 30% Hispanic, while only 25% of the faculty are minority group members. In 1988, following a systemwide administrative retreat, an ad hoc committee of City University of New York presidents formed and developed a statement on diversity which was reviewed and passed by the trustees. In response to that statement, BMCC undertook efforts to recruit more bilingual counselors; infuse diversity issues into the freshman orientation curriculum; increase community outreach efforts; expand the affirmative action committee; initiate special programs and workshops in cross-cultural understanding and inter-group dynamics for faculty and staff; implement a pre-freshman basic skills program; develop a mentoring program for Black students; and create a special seminar to assist women and minority faculty in completing their doctoral dissertations. Outcomes of the initiatives included the following: (1) five faculty completed doctoral dissertations; (2) student retention increased by 6% since the implementation of a pre-freshman basic skills course; (3) 223 faculty, staff, and students participated in multi-cultural awareness workshops; and (4) of 11 new faculty hires in 1990, 8 were minorities and 7 were women. A copy of the presidents' diversity statement is attached. (PAA)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Affirmative Action, Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Cross Cultural Training, Diversity (Student), Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Faculty Development, Faculty Integration, Leadership, Minority Group Teachers, Minority Groups, Remedial Programs, Seminars, Staff Development, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: City University of New York
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (71st, Kansas City, MO, April 13-16, 1991).