ERIC Number: ED374702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-8
Reference Count: N/A
Becoming a Multicultural Organization: A Pilot Study of Colleges of Education in the Major Research Universities.
Edlefson, Carla; Wagstaff, Lonnie H.
This pilot study explored the efficacy of a concept of multicultural organization and of a survey self-study guide designed for colleges of education in research institutions. The survey study guide was distributed to Holmes group board members who are generally deans of colleges of education at the 27 institutions targeted. Sixteen surveys were returned. Analysis showed that most institutions were not very diverse and that only five of the respondents' schools, colleges, or departments of education came close to mirroring the racial and ethnic makeup of the geographical region they served and two of those serve regions that are more than 90 percent white. The institutions whose demographics were least diverse were more likely to have adopted policy statements that signal their intention to become more diverse. Respondents whose school/program demographics were most diverse tended to pay more attention to multicultural issues and activities in their faculty's efforts in research, teaching, and service. The data supported one theory of the stages of development toward becoming a multicultural organization finding that institutions have attended to recruitment, retention, and multiculturalism in core activities in that order. Data also show a relation between diversity of the people in the institution and multiculturalism in core activities. Overall, feedback from respondents indicated that the study guide will be helpful with a few refinements. (Contains 12 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Holmes Group, Inc., East Lansing, MI.