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ERIC Number: ED450619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Achieving Diversity in the Professoriate: Challenges and Opportunities.
Knowles, Marjorie Fine; Harleston, Bernard W.
The barriers to increased diversity of the faculty at elite research universities were studied, and an effort was made to identify some solutions to the problem of diversifying faculty. Eleven major research universities participated in the study. Site visits were held at each campus, with interviews with the president, other administrators, and minority faculty and graduate students. Interviews were also held with officers of three foundations that have an interest in faculty diversity. Section 1 of this report relates what was learned about barriers to increasing the number of minority faculty members and minority graduate students. All the administrators identified the primary problem as one of the size of the "pool" of available candidates. Faculty members and graduate students identified a number of other factors. Section 2 describes some of the initiatives that have been undertaken to reduce the barriers on various campuses. The last section offers the impressions and recommendations of the researchers. At the institutions that had the most success in increasing the numbers of minority faculty members the commitment of the president was recognized throughout the layers of administration. At other campuses, the commitment of the president to increasing faculty diversity was not recognized or mentioned in interviews. Another overriding impression was the sense of isolation and fatigue felt by minority graduate students at many of these institutions. Recommendations center on increased recruiting efforts with the cooperation of foundations and professional associations. Appendixes contain a list of study contact people and a list of the number of Ford fellows employed at the institutions participating in the study. (SLD)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A