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Nieli, Russell K. – Academic Questions, 2008
Diversity is said to bring about a host of educational benefits, yet on campus or off, things aren't working out the way diversity experts planned. In this article, the author reviews recent research challenging the "contact hypothesis," which asserts that putting individuals of disparate cultural backgrounds in the classroom and other…
Descriptors: Diversity (Institutional), Educational Benefits, Cultural Background, Racial Relations
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Pike, Gary R.; Kuh, George D.; Gonyea, Robert M. – Journal of College Student Development, 2007
Affirmative action in college admissions is based on the premise that a diverse student body contributes to interactions among students from different backgrounds, which are in turn positively related to desirable outcomes of college. This study evaluates the merits of this rationale for affirmative action by examining the direct and indirect…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, College Admission, Student Diversity, College Students