ERIC Number: ED385800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Crucial Practices for Diversity. A Project Report.
Nelsen, Anne Kusener; And Others
In an effort to improve educational institutions' recruitment and retention of undergraduate students of color, particularly members of underrepresented groups, a self-assessment guide was produced by a group of large public research universities. Common patterns of challenges and opportunities at the various institutions yielded nine crucial practices: leadership, vision, diversity, centralization versus decentralization, communication, data, accountability, coordination of recruitment and retention, and commitment capital. This publication contains a discussion of these nine practices and describes how to apply them appropriately and effectively to virtually any contemporary campus in the United States. External review teams add value to the review process, although colleges and universities should work to utilize the talents and dedication of campus leaders to bring about change. In doing so, however, it must be possible for campus leaders who give their input to do so without jeopardizing their own professional futures. The goal of enlightenment must lay not in individual programs but in underlying values, structures and processes that shape the culture of an institution. Understanding these values, structures and processes can contribute to an enhanced environment for underrepresented students, and ultimately, to a more sustaining environment for all members of the learning community. (KW)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Cultural Pluralism, Enrollment, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Racial Integration, School Demography, Self Evaluation (Groups), Special Needs Students, Student Needs, Students, Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study
Alliance for Undergraduate Education, 405 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802-1505; gopher://aue.tc.umn.edu: 11155/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Undergraduate Education.