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ERIC Number: EJ873965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Visiting Scholars: Increasing Professional Diversity
Carreon, Jesus
Community College Journal, v76 n1 p50-51 Aug-Sep 2005
In a recent "Community College Journal" article, "Hiring Minority Faculty: Success in Texas," Reed Peoples and Albert Smith describe the state's struggles with diversifying community college faculty and offer useful strategies for future success. They do not, however, reference a single exemplary program. The Dallas County Community College District's Visiting Scholars program is such an example. It also personifies the American Association of Community Colleges' 2005 convention theme, "Bridging Access to Success," in two fundamental ways: it offers underrepresented groups a bridge to permanent employment, and it gives students access to faculty and staff who more clearly reflect their own diverse backgrounds and experiences. Since the program's inception six years ago, 203 scholars have participated, including 73 African Americans, 24 Asians, and 56 Hispanics. During their two-year stints, these scholars have enriched the students' lives and helped the system grow. The Visiting Scholars program has been a catalyst for substantial institutional progress in building a more diverse faculty and staff.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas