ERIC Number: ED441191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Diversity on Campus: Reports from the Field. Summaries of Research Sponsored by NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.
Student affairs professionals in higher education are responsible for fostering a sense of community on campus. It is their job to help students connect the cognitive, affective, and behavioral components of learning, and to help them reflect on their learning and use it in their work and daily lives. There has been little research on the effects of diversity among college students. In a review of programs in counseling, it was determined that a small number included a diversity requirement. The lack of programs led NASPA to undertake a study of diversity efforts on America's college campuses. NASPA invited student affairs professionals and faculty to use their campus sites for small research projects concerning the impact of diversity on students' lives. This publication contains summaries of the 17 projects that were chosen for funding. These studies paint a revealing picture of diversity as it is being experienced on college campuses around the country. Some of the findings are unexpected, even counterintuitive. Yet they reflect the real world, in which students find themselves more unlike one another, in terms of ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation, than ever before. Some of the identified themes that run throughout the studies include: (1) "diversity" can have different meanings to students, depending on their age, background, and other personal and social factors; (2) students tend to come to college with minds and hearts open to accept, and learn from, new experiences; and (3) on-campus residents provide a variety of excellent opportunities to teach diversity as a positive student value. (JDM)
Descriptors: Campuses, College Students, Counseling Services, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Student), Faculty, Higher Education, Social Environment, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Student Personnel Services
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 418, Washington, DC 20009-5728. Tel: 202-265-7500; Web site: http://www.naspa.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.