ERIC Number: ED469590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Investing in People: Developing All of America's Talent on Campus and in the Workplace.
Business-Higher Education Forum, Washington, DC.
In this report, the Business-Higher Education Forum sets forth a view of diversity that is important not only to business and higher education but to the United States as a whole. As the country grows more diverse, it requires excellent schools, colleges, and universities that serve all students well. One crucial first step is to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education and to ensure that every high school graduate is qualified to enter and succeed in higher education. The United States must eliminate the vast disparities in school quality that limit the opportunities of students and families in the inner cities and in rural communities. Once admitted to higher education, students must have access to counseling and support systems, adequate financial aid, and a campus environment that appreciates diversity. Building diversity in U.S. workplaces requires close linkages between businesses and higher education institutions. The Forum calls on business and education leaders, policymakers, and the public to implement these steps: (1) support and strengthen existing outreach programs; (2) provide resources to ensure that teachers are adequately prepared; (3) review current strategies and policies designed to support diversity; (4) advocate that colleges and universities take the whole person into account in admissions decisions; (5) encourage corporate foundations to provide support for diversity; (6) emphasize diversity in employment recruitment; (7) increase the amount of the Pell Grant; (8) strengthen learning outcomes; (9) work to increase the amount of need-based financial aid; (10) create state and local coalitions to promote diversity; and (11) provide awareness of practices that encourage diversity and enhance educational quality. (Contains 58 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Diversity (Institutional), Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, School Business Relationship
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Business-Higher Education Forum, Washington, DC.