ERIC Number: ED411741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Access, Inclusion and Equity: Imperatives for America's Campuses.
The population of the United States is undergoing an unprecedented demographic transformation with many new students at state colleges and universities coming from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Access to higher education is increasingly important due to: the increased professionalization of work; the connection between productivity and education, the importance of international markets, the existing income inequity in the U.S.; the failure to use the existing and potential skills of African Americans; and the aging of the U.S. workforce. Barriers to access include budget reductions for public education, tuition increases, reductions in financial aid, changes in financial aid, and a negative climate regarding public education. College and university presidents need to be proactive in efforts to increase inclusion of minorities especially in recruitment and admissions, retention and graduation, and program quality. In the area of equity, presidents should recognize that access, inclusion, and equity are the goals of the public university and need to be included in their mission statements. They should moderate and elevate the debate concerning equity in American society and to work actively to promote equity in admissions and faculty/staff hiring. (Contains 10 references.) (JLS)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Equal Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Minority Groups, Mission Statements, Needs Assessment, Role of Education, School Demography, School Holding Power, State Colleges, State Universities, Student Financial Aid, Student Recruitment, Trend Analysis
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 1 Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036-1192; phone: 202-293-7070; fax: 202-296-5819 ($12).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.