ERIC Number: EJ883906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: N/A
The Demographic Imperative
Jordan, Stephen M.
Trusteeship, v17 n2 p24-29 Mar-Apr 2009
As the United States moves toward becoming a "minority-majority" country, what more can--and should--college presidents and governing boards do to provide low-income students and students of color with a pipeline to high-quality education? Ongoing discourse about shifting demographics locally and nationally must be built into institutions' strategic planning and budgeting. It is also imperative that they educate the public about these necessary changes and the implications they will have on their constituents' economic future if not addressed. Higher education must continue to evolve and respond to the ever-changing needs of the new student body, which will be less affluent, less white, and perhaps more mature. In this article, the author outlines five questions that will help governing boards begin the process of better aligning their institutions with the shifting demographics.
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Higher Education, Governing Boards, College Presidents, School Demography, Minority Groups, Student Characteristics, Access to Education, Educational Trends, Case Studies, Low Income, Achievement, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Academic Support Services, Community Colleges, Articulation (Education), Partnerships in Education, Trustees, College Administration, Administrative Principles, Guidelines, Cooperative Planning, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Institutional Mission, College Role, College Environment, School Community Relationship, Population Trends, Hispanic American Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado