Overview


Diversity matters at institutions of higher education. Diversity primarily focuses on gender and ethnicity; however, its definition has broadened to include physical abilities, learning styles, and socio-economic status.


Roughly 60% of American college students are female and by 2050 over 50% of the country's population will be comprised of minorities (Taylor et al, 2010). Moreover, it is often linked to institutional success (Jackson & Phelps, 2004) and student success outcomes such as leadership and professional development (Taylor et al, 2010).

Despite the increasingly diverse composition of the student body, faculty diversity has remained a challenge (Fulton-Calkins & Milling, 2005; Hinton, 2012; Taylor et al, 2010). As a result, community college leaders have reflected diversity within their mission statements/action plans and implemented faculty diversity programs (Fulton-Calkins & Milling, 2005; Jackson & Phelps, 2004; Taylor et al, 2010).

Voices from the Field

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Vice President of Assessment and Planning
Mount Saint Mary College
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President and CEO
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Demographics

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Dimensions

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Strategies & Resources


Community College leaders have implemented diversity action plans and faculty diversity programs to further diversify their respective institutions. Resources for leaders, human resources professionals and unions can be found below.

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AACC's Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

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Build a Nation of Learners by Advancing America's Community Colleges

Faculty Diversity Programs

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Diversity Action Plans

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Recruitment and Retention

Minority Faculty Career Development Workshop
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Build a Nation of Learners by Advancing America's Community Colleges

You Tube Video - "Minority Faculty Comment on Diverse Hiring in Colleges"


Unions

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American Federation of Teachers

Promoting Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Faculty:
What Higher Education Unions Can Do

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Promoting Gender Diversity in the Faculty:
What Higher Education Unions Can Do
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References
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