ERIC Number: EJ814896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-26
Reference Count: 0
Silos of Academe Thwart Diversity on Campuses
Gilbert, Juan E.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n5 pB45 Sep 2008
Although the author is a computer scientist, he has been involved with issues of diversity for many years. He developed an online gamelike environment to teach inner-city kids algebra, using culturally relevant learning technologies, and he has applied data-mining techniques to help universities admit diverse classes without relying on just one criterion, such as race. He has also worked with programs designed to diversify and broaden participation in computer science. In this article, the author talks about issues of diversity in higher education and describes how diversity research and programs take place within specific academic disciplines, or "silos." He contends that educators do not reach beyond their own silos enough to know that colleagues in other silos are wrestling with similar issues and ideas. He suggests that solving the growing problems of underrepresentation and lack of equity in higher education, and society in general, needs a multidisciplinary approach. Bringing together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners from law, business, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), education, the humanities, and so forth, would result in better ideas, programs, research agendas, and ultimately solutions.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Disproportionate Representation, Computer Science, Urban Youth, Urban Areas, Intellectual Disciplines, Algebra, College Admission, Student Diversity, Ethnic Diversity, Personnel Integration, Racial Composition, Games, Computers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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