ERIC Number: ED452763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-20
Reference Count: N/A
OUS Diversity Report: National Trends, and Racial/Ethnic Diversity among OUS Students, Instructional Faculty, and Staff.
Oregon Univ., Eugene.
This report contains reflections on national trends in student diversity, analyses of trends for Oregon, and data about the racial/ethnic representation of students, faculty, and staff within the Oregon University system (OUS). Between 1995 and 2015, undergraduate enrollments nationally are expected to expand by 2.6 million students, and 80% of these new students will be minorities. Enrollment trends for Oregon indicate that for all undergraduates, African American representation will increase from 2.3% in 1995 to 2.6% in 2015, and Asian Pacific American representation will increase from 5.7% in 1995 to 7.8% in 2015. Hispanic/Latino representation will increase from 4.6% in 1995 to 8.0% in 2015, and White representation will decrease from 86.6% in 1995 to 81.5% in 2015. Nationally, there is substantial under-representation of many minority groups in higher education faculty ranks. White males over-represented and other minority groups are severely under-represented among the age group that commonly begins to move into tenured slots or midlevel positions in academia. Results of a recent national survey indicate that, overall, faculty members value diversity, and many faculty members adjust their classes to take advantage of diversity to enhance the learning process. OUS institutions have made gains in the enrollment of students of color, with an increase of 10.7% in the 2-year period from fall 1998 to fall 2000. In fall 2000, students of color represented 12.7% (8,818 students) of total OUS enrollment. In fall 1999 (the most recent data available), people of color represented 483 (8.3%) of all OUS full-time and part-time staff. Recommendations are made to increase student diversity, especially by increasing state and federal support for diversity initiatives. Three appendixes contain tables of student and faculty diversity. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene.