The Challenge of Diversity: Involvement or Alienation in the Academy: ASHE Higher Education Report / Edition 1

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A new edition of The Challenge of Diversity with newintroduction from the editors, which compares today's statistics tothose in 1989. The original monograph is still valuable andrelevant, and it is presented in its original form.

In 1989 when The Challenge of Diversity was firstpublished, the monograph made the case that the country's changingdemographics required reframing diversity to focus on institutions'capacity to educate and involve an increasingly diverse studentpopulation. Looking at current research, the book pointed topatterns of alienation, not involvment.

Our demographics are indeed different today, but many of thesame challenges remain: access and success for historicallyunderrepresented minority groups, but also the basic institutionalissues such as curriculum, climate, and hiring. At the same time,the context has changed: nontraditional students (older students,women, and part-timers) are now mainstream, and numbers of someminority groups and multiracial students continues to grow. Whilehigher education has changed profoundly, our institutions stillhave not yet developed the capacity to successfuly educate thediversity of students present on our campuses today. In addition,we are experiencing a backlash to some diversity initiatives, andsocietal factors indicate that higher education needs to becomemore proactive in responding favorably to diversity. If themonograph were first published today, we would call it TheImperative of Diversity.

This is Volume 30 Issue 6 of the Jossey-Bass series ASHEHigher Education Report.

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Table of Contents

New Foreword.

New Introduction.

The Context for Diversity Outside of Higher Education.

Executive Summary.



Original Introduction.


Framing the Question.

The Status of Diversity.


The Role of Student Characteristics.

The Challenge of Involvement.

Theories of Involvement.

Cultural Pluralism.

Intergroup Relations.



Institutional Responses to Diversity.

Approaches of Successful Institutions.


Implications: An Expanded Focus.

Organizing for Diversity: Fundamental Issues.

Diversification of Faculty and Staff.

Mission and Values.

Dealing with Conflict.

The Quality of Interaction on Campus.

Educating for Diversity.

The Perceived Conflict Between Access and Quality.

The Changing Climate.

Assessment and Implications.

Institutional Assessment.


Coordination Among Sectors.

National Issues.

Costs and Commitment.



Appendix: Institutional Characteristics.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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