ERIC Number: ED434594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Best Practices in Institutional Planning for Diversity.
Hubbard, Eleanor, Ed.
This monograph was created to help colleges and universities throughout the West strengthen their commitment to diversity. Twenty colleges and universities in four states--Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oregon--participated in the Institute for Ethnic Diversity, with each campus, from large state research institutions to small community colleges, producing a locally developed diversity plan. Common strategies that emerged included the following: articulate the benefits of institutional diversity planning explicitly and clearly; develop a shared campus-specific vision; create a comprehensive institutional plan; include ongoing assessment and accountability measures; secure strong and active support from institutional leaders; ensure that all stakeholders participate in the planning process; establish open and ongoing communication with all campus constituencies; encourage campus leaders to deal with diversity issues and controversies in a direct manner; allocate sufficient resources for both planning and implementation; and seek out opportunities to work collaboratively with local, state, regional, and national bodies. Brief profiles of the seven institutions whose diversity plans are highlighted in this document are appended. (CH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Diversity (Institutional), Governance, Higher Education, Institutional Environment, Institutional Mission, Institutional Role, Organizational Climate, Planning, Policy Formation, Regional Planning, Research Universities, School Organization, School Size, State Universities
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.