ERIC Number: ED314987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Challenge of Diversity. Involvement or Alienation in the Academy? ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 5, 1989.
Smith, Daryl G.
For years, researchers have forecast the increasing diversification of students in higher education as a result of changing demographics and a variety of other social and economic shifts. The diverse elements of today's student body include differing age, gender, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and increasing numbers of differently able and part-time students. The issues facing higher education fundamentally relate to the capacity of institutions to function in a pluralistic environment. After an executive summary and introduction, six sections cover the following topics: (1) the status of diversity (enrollment, retention, and the campus environment); (2) the role of student characteristics; (3) the challenge of involvement (theories of involvement, cultural pluralism, intergroup relations, and demography); (4) institutional responses to diversity (approaches of successful institutions and implications); (5) organizing for diversity (diversification of faculty and staff, mission and values, dealing with conflict, the quality of interaction on campus, educating for diversity, the perceived conflict between access and quality, and the changing climate); and (6) assessment and implications (institutional assessment, research, coordination among sectors, national issues, costs and commitment, and leadership). An appendix describes institutional characteristics. Contains approximately 360 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Change Strategies, College Faculty, Cultural Pluralism, Demography, Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Educational Quality, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Survival, School Holding Power, Student Characteristics, Trend Analysis
ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Dept. ES, Washington, DC 20036-1181 ($15.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC.