ERIC Number: ED474158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Size Matters: Exploring the Educational Value of Increasing Student Diversity.
Luo, Jiali; Jamieson-Drake, David
Using comprehensive survey data from two graduating cohorts, this study explored the impact of increasing student diversity on university students' educational experience and their skill development. Data came from 1,293 respondents, 44% of whom were from the 1989 graduating cohort, and the balance from the 1994 graduate cohort. The findings of this study show that growing student diversity increased students' interracial interaction markedly, contributed to their questioning of fundamental beliefs and values, and enhanced students' academic achievement, skill development, and educational satisfaction. While speaking strongly for the educational value of increasing student diversity on university campuses, this study reveals issues worthy of special attention. The paper also discusses implications of these findings and suggestions for further research. (Contains 4 figures, 7 tables, and 27 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum for the Association for Institutional Research (42nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 2-5, 2002).