ERIC Number: ED430514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Enacting Diverse Learning Environments: Improving the Climate for Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report, Vol. 26, No. 8.
Hurtado, Sylvia; Milem, Jeffrey; Clayton-Pedersen, Alma; Allen, Walter
This document is intended to provide the higher education community with information from recent and classic research studies that can serve as a guide to improving the climate for diversity on campus. The first section of the report examines the literature on campus climate for diversity, the experiences of various racial/ethnic groups, and the effect of campus climate educational outcomes. Following sections (1) set out the research framework; (2) examine the historical legacy of inclusion and exclusion; (3) examine the impact of structural diversity resulting from the increased complexity of diverse student enrollments and problems associated with diversifying faculty; (4) review the psychological climate and the impact of discrimination and perceptions of climate on students; (5) examine the behavioral dimensions of institutional climate, including student involvement and intergroup relations, classroom environment, curricular change, campus race relations and social interaction, and participation in racial/ethnic student organizations and minority support programs; (6) link institutional climate for diversity with the general learning environment; (7) provide some principles for improving campus climate for diversity; (8) give some examples of current efforts at various institutions; and (9) conclude with a plan for action in which everyone has a role in improving campus climate. (Contains approximately 250 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Diversity (Faculty), Diversity (Institutional), Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Educational Discrimination, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Equal Education, Ethnic Relations, Higher Education, Institutional Environment, Minority Groups, Racial Attitudes, Racial Integration, Racial Relations, School Culture, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Books; ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Note: For a digest of this report, see ED 430 513.