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ERIC Number: EJ920225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-9
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Theory in Practice
Forde, Dana
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n22 p19-20 Dec 2010
In this article, the author discusses Rutgers University-Newark, which has been ranked the nation's most diverse university by "U.S. News and World Report." The university is a testing ground for demonstrating specific educational advantages of diversity. Officials say the institution's diversity is fueled, in part, by the area's growing immigrant population. In fact, 37 percent of undergraduate students report that English is not their first language. The university's unique composition is allowing it to test a theory that diversity advocates have long argued but have lacked rigorous scholarship to support: students of all backgrounds benefit from learning in a multicultural and multi-ethnic environment. University officials are refining existing policies and implementing new practices to measure the precise academic benefits of maintaining a diverse student population. According to Dr. Sharon McDade, director of the American Council on Education Fellows Program, Rutgers University-Newark, because of its incredibly high level of diversity, is one of the few places in the country where one can actually do research on the impact of high diversity on the learning of college students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey