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ERIC Number: ED363234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 32
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The Challenge of Diversity.
Blake, J. Herman; And Others
The incorporation of increasing numbers of minorities and non-traditional students into the college and university environment has significance for higher education ethics. Though demographic patterns imply that campus diversity is a worthy goal, social indicators suggest that the idea faces constant threat. Black and Hispanic high school graduates still lag significantly behind Anglo students in basic skills and scores. However, data show that regardless of race or ethnicity, students are as similar as they are diverse. Systematic research on the academic and social experience of minority students found that across a wide range of institution types, minority students experience alienation as they move further and further into their academic programs. The institutional challenge is to create affirming climates through an asset rather than a deficit approach to students. An asset approach seeks institutional changes that make the environment more encouraging to minority students while resolving whatever deficits they may have through the development of a unified and holistic vision of education. Key elements appear to include a "critical mass" of minority students, respect, personalization and informality, and an atmosphere of success, cooperation, and vision. (Contains 14 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Note: A paper published in "Ethics in Higher Education," William May (Ed.) McMillan Press, 1990.