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ERIC Number: ED498225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
Diversity in Washington Higher Education
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
Improving the participation and performance of African American, Latino, American Indian, and Asian American students, faculty and staff in Washington state's higher education system represents a pivotal element of the statewide strategic master plan. This report includes current statistics and trend data for student enrollment, retention, and graduation. An overview of some of the diversity related programs and practices currently in effect is provided. In addition, the report presents a number of recommendations for advancing programmatic efforts to foster greater equity through enhancing diversity in higher education. Three fundamental conclusions derive from the report: (1) While college enrollment for some American racial and ethnic minority students has begun to rebound since 1998 legislation, most of the data reflect areas where the state is at best maintaining the status quo; (2) Continual efforts in state colleges and universities are a step in the right direction, but do not address a greater need for systemic change; and (3) Recommendations for enhancing diversity must address four key areas: (1) Stepping up pre-college efforts; (2) Helping students succeed in college; (3) Improving faculty diversity; and (4) Promoting systemic change. In addition, increasing minority participation and achievement will require greater collaboration among stakeholders, shared responsibility for results, and ongoing benchmarks and accountability measures. Along with research data, the recommendations in this report are based on outreach efforts. Over the past few years, the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) has conducted two surveys aimed at gathering information from the state's public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities about institutional diversity efforts. Some of those outreach and recruitment strategies are highlighted in this report. The following are appended: (1) Detailed Data Tables; and (2) Pre-College Programs. (Contains 10 footnotes, 1 figure and 19 tables.)
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. 917 Lakeridge Way SW, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430. Tel: 360-753-7800; Fax: 360-753-7808; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington