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ERIC Number: ED355887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-12
Pages: 7
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Recruiting Is Only the Beginning: Strategies for Retaining Diverse Students on the Small, Liberal Arts Campus.
Cook, Jeanne
This paper discusses both short- and long-term strategies for creating a multicultural educational environment in institutions of higher education. It is based on the current struggle to enhance diversity at St. John's University, a small, liberal arts college in Minnesota. Diversity involves creating a climate where cultural differences are viewed as enriching rather than as problematic, and education becomes multi-cultural when the study of many cultures is the norm rather than the exception. The value of hiring a diverse faculty to act as role models for majority and minority students is stressed as is the development of a diverse curriculum beyond western civilization, maintaining student organizations that are diverse in membership, and making certain faculty, staff, and administration are culturally aware and sensitive. The following short- and long-term strategies are urged for creating such an environment: (1) encourage faculty to individually reconstruct their courses to include content from various cultural perspectives; (2) establish a minority affairs office; (3) commit a percentage of the school's budget to multicultural efforts; (4) regularly sponsor multicultural speakers and events; and (5) develop recruiting practices that aim at acquiring representatives of a variety of populations. (GLR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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