ERIC Number: ED343478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan-10
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Developing Diversity as a Campus Strength.
Scott, Robert A.
Ramapo College, New Jersey, actively pursues a goal of "global" diversity on campus as part of an educational experience that prepares students for an international, multicultural world. The principles for developing diversity on campus traced by Arthur are in four stages: (1) "representation," which refers to the diversity of composition of all campus constituents and emphasizes percentages related to the larger population for all underrepresented groups (as opposed to absolute numbers); (2) "support," in which special counseling, ethnic studies and related efforts support the chances of success for new populations on campus; (3) "integration," which refers to the various ways that campuses can welcome and orient previously underrepresented groups; and (4) "Multiculturalism," in which a single community is made from a multicultural mosaic. Using these principles, Ramapo College has adopted an aggressive approach to preparing students for increased diversity. The affirmative action officer position was given higher status and information on that issue was made a more frequent and routine part of reporting. Institutional commitment is a first priority followed by institutional partners from the community. This program has helped Ramapo College increase the diversity of its faculty and student enrollment. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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