Harvard Educational Review
  1. Diversity in Higher Education

    A Work in Progress

    By Caryn McTighe Musil, with Mildred Garcia, Yolanda Moses, and Daryl G. Smith

    Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 1995. 68 pp. $15.00

    In February 1990, the Ford Foundation announced its Campus Diversity Initiative, a funding project that challenged higher education institutions to "embrace the rich diversity of American life in a manner that enhances the educational experiences of all students" (p. 12). Nineteen residential, liberal arts institutions were awarded grants to design initiatives that dealt head-on with issues of diversity on their campuses.

    Diversity in Higher Education is a short but informative text that offers a summary of the nineteen funded projects along with insights gathered from the development and implementation of the initiatives. It serves as a practical document offering guidance to other institutions engaging in campus diversity efforts.

    Authors Caryn McTighe Musil, Mildred Garcia, Yolanda Moses, and Daryl G. Smith comprised the evaluation team hired by the Ford Foundation to investigate the first round of grantees of the Diversity Initiative. The team set out to answer three main questions: What difference did [the initiative] make? Where might one turn for evidence? In what ways were the project's educational goals institutionalized to ensure ongoing commitment to diversity?

    The results of their inquiry are contained in this five chapter text. Chapters three and five contain the most useful information for those grappling with the development of diversity initiatives at their own institutions. Chapter three provides brief summaries of each of the nineteen campus initiatives, along with a discussion of the projects that appear to hold the most promise for lasting change. Chapter five offers a discussion of the "lessons learned in hindsight that might be more generally applied in a variety of campus settings" (p. 53).

    The book is a valuable source of information for higher educational institutions interested in and committed to creating campuses that provide a supportive and fruitful learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

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