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ERIC Number: EJ763128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb-9
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
The Rosser Revolution
Roach, Ronald
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v22 n26 p16-19 Feb 2006
It's not surprising that urban colleges and universities with large commuter populations are among the most racially and ethnically diverse of all U.S. campuses. Many of those campuses have struggled over the years to fully appreciate and accommodate that student diversity by providing adequate academic and social support. That support includes a commitment to faculty diversity that is comparable to that of the student body. For more than 26 years, Dr. James Rosser has headed what many experts consider one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, the California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Diversity at CSULA encompasses both the student body and the faculty and administration ranks. The university boasts a student breakdown of 52 percent Hispanic, 22 percent Asian-American/Pacific Islander, 16 percent White and 9 percent African-American, while the full-time faculty is now just under 40 percent non-White. His time at the helm of the university has in large part been focused on proving that diversity and excellence are mutually reinforcing qualities in an academic setting. Rosser has aimed at leading CSULA, one of 23 CSU schools, into the ranks of the nation's top-tier urban universities. He gets high marks for his efforts from fellow college presidents with whom he has worked or whom he has gotten to know over the years. While proud of the visible signs of progress on his campus, the 66-year-old Rosser says the challenge of leading CSULA to effectively serve its largely working-class student body keeps him most energized. That challenge has been present since his earliest days at the university, and it played a part in the struggle he had with faculty for about the first decade of his tenure. Even with the success of programs that have sent underrepresented minorities and other disadvantaged students to graduate school and successful careers, CSULA officials remain focused on improving the university's ability to serve students who typically demonstrate more need for academic, financial and social support than students at the suburban CSU campuses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California