ERIC Number: ED458058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Hispanic Leadership in American Higher Education.
This paper presents a contextual framework for analysis of Hispanic leadership in higher education and reviews the demographics of Hispanic college presidents, their challenges, and related leadership issues. It can be argued that Hispanic leadership in higher education brings a socially marginalized experience that, by emphasizing social justice, can yield a broader, more inclusive view of democracy and of the role of higher education in a democratic society than can the experience of the dominant group. However, emerging research on the selection of presidents and vice presidents for academic affairs at institutions of higher learning shows that Hispanics are held to higher standards than White American males due to processes that maintain and reproduce white privilege. The broad social changes accompanying the process of globalization offer some promise of change. Improvements can go beyond the typical race-based issues by including them in larger changes that are good for everyone. For example, institutions in need of increased enrollments aren't likely to resist enrolling more Hispanic Americans. Other issues facing Hispanics relative to higher education are maintaining their positions over time, building Hispanic infrastructural leadership within their institutions, increasing the numbers of Hispanics in tenure-track faculty positions, grooming Hispanic department chairs for national policymaking, consolidating Hispanic leadership across higher-education related arenas to expand influence, expanding leadership training programs for Hispanics, and building effective leadership teams to carry out strategic management. (Contains 59 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Administrator Selection, Affirmative Action, Change Strategies, College Administration, College Presidents, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Leaders, Leadership Training, Mentors, Politics of Education, Power Structure, Racial Discrimination, Tenured Faculty
For full text: http://www.Hacu.net/sponsors/NICHE/pdf/martinez.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, San Antonio, TX.