ERIC Number: EJ1026275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
We've Got Minorities, Yes We Do: Visual Representations of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in College Recruitment Materials
Pippert, Timothy D.; Essenburg, Laura J.; Matchett, Edward J.
Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, v23 n2 p258-282 2013
Colleges and universities have expanded their use of the internet and social media in marketing strategies, but the direct mailing of admissions brochures continues to be at the heart of recruitment efforts. Because admissions brochures often serve as a potential student's introduction to the campus, they are carefully crafted to provide a specific impression of the institution. This study examined one aspect of the marketing of colleges by examining the portrayal of racial and ethnic diversity. Through a content analysis of over 10,000 photographs from 165 four-year institutions in the US, the accuracy of the photographic portrayal of diversity in recruitment materials was assessed. Findings indicate that the majority of institutions provided images of diversity to prospective students in 2011 that were significantly different than the actual student body. Furthermore, diversity was typically symbolized by portraying African American students at higher rates rather than presenting a more representative student body.
Descriptors: Marketing, Colleges, Student Diversity, Ethnic Diversity, Racial Differences, Content Analysis, Photography, Student Recruitment, Printed Materials, Reputation, Publications, Classification, Minority Group Students, Institutional Characteristics, Financial Support, Census Figures, Racial Composition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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