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ERIC Number: ED567641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 243
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3394-9613-9
Exploring the Establishment of the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer in Higher Education: A Multisite Case Study
Parker, Eugene T., III
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Iowa
Our nation is experiencing a demographic shift. The proportion of racial minorities will significantly increase during the next several decades. Higher education will similarly experience a demographic shift among its students. Institutions of higher education will have to navigate issues of multiculturalism on campus. Issues of diversity, equity and inclusion are, and continue to be, significant matters for colleges and universities. A significant for the higher education community is "who" will be responsible for the oversight of diversity and furthering diversity goals at institutions of higher education. Little is known about the motivations and processes that have prompted the emergence of chief diversity offices. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the emergence of the chief diversity office, present day conceptions of diversity and the association of organizational structure and efficacy of the office. This study utilized a multisite case study design and narrative analysis to illuminate our understanding of chief diversity offices at research-intensive universities. The study described the formation of the chief diversity office, explained how research institutions conceptualize diversity and investigated how organizational positioning and structure influence the capacity for chief diversity offices to realize its diversity goals. The findings illuminated the distinct histories of diversity pertaining to campus climate at each institution that prompted the initiation of the chief diversity office. Key institutional players and the state and local context were influential in the formation of the offices at these schools. The study highlighted the present-day broad and all-encompassing conceptions of diversity at the institutions in the study. Findings also revealed the notion that organizational structure and positioning were significant matters for chief diversity offices. The findings of this study advance our understanding of how CDO offices emerge. Higher education professionals, leaders and administrators can utilize the results to make better-informed decisions about the formation and structure of diversity offices. This study augments the dearth in the literature that has focused on chief diversity offices. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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