ERIC Number: ED443335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Does Diversity Make a Difference? Three Research Studies on Diversity in College Classrooms. Executive Summary.
American Council on Education, Washington, DC.; American Association of Univ. Professors, Washington, DC.
This report summarizes findings from three studies of college teachers' and students' attitudes toward and experiences with racial and ethnic diversity, which are based on surveys of faculty at leading U.S. research universities; a survey of faculty at Macalester College (Minnesota); and a case study of three interactive, multiracial/multiethnic classrooms at the University of Maryland, College Park. Empirical evidence from the three studies offers strong educational reasons for universities to recruit and admit diverse student populations. The study found that: over two-thirds of faculty surveyed believed their universities valued racial and ethnic diversity; nearly all indicated that neither the quality of students nor the intellectual substance of class discussion suffered from diversity; faculty believed that diversity helped all students achieve academically; and most faculty felt well-prepared to teach diverse students and comfortable doing so. Women faculty, politically liberal faculty, and minority faculty had the most positive views of the benefits of diversity. Most U.S. liberal arts colleges have as a core mission a range of developmental outcomes that emphasize social, personal, and ethical goals, and over half have tolerance and diversity as central to their missions. Both faculty and students believed that the broader range of ideas and perspectives brought by diverse students increased the educational possibilities of classrooms and enhanced educational outcomes. (SM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Culture Contact, Diversity (Student), Educational Quality, Heterogeneous Grouping, Higher Education, Institutional Environment, Institutional Mission, Minority Group Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Women Faculty
American Association of University Professors, 1012 14th Street, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005-3465. For full text: http://www.aaup.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Law School Admission Council, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.; American Association of Univ. Professors, Washington, DC.