1st Edition

Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education Emerging perspectives on institutional transformation

Edited By Daryl G. Smith Copyright 2014
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    In addition to many other issues that touch higher education around the world, diversity and equity in higher education is fast becoming a major opportunity and challenge to institutions, countries and regions. The increasing centrality of diversity is fueled in part by changing demographics, immigration, social movements, calls for remedies to historic grievances, and the relationship between identity and access to power. This book will provide an opportunity to look at efforts at institutional change with respect to diversity in several countries where issues of diversity are moving beyond simply access for diverse populations to efforts at institutional transformation. Its purpose is to provide a comparative perspective with the hope that we will be able to see patterns across these contexts from which we might learn. Amongst other subjects it will address:

      • The historic and contemporary context for diversity
      • Established and emerging salient identities
      • How diversity is framed at a national and institutional level
      • The prevailing strategies and policies for engaging diversity, again at the national and institutional level
      • The role of special purpose institutions

      This critical book is essential for higher education scholars and practitioners with backgrounds in higher education.

      Section 1: Setting the context  1. The national and international context for issues of diversity in an institutional context  2. The role of identities in groups and institutions  Section 2. The Status of Institutional transformation in selected countries  3. Great Britain Dr. Heather Eggins  4. South Africa Dr. Jonathan Jansen  5. Brazil Dr. Simon Schwartzman  6. United States Dr. Mildred García  7. New Zealand Dr. Graham Smith & Dr. Sharon Parker  Section 3. A comparative look  8. Cross cutting themes and issues  9. The emerging policy and research implications for higher education


      Daryl G. Smith is Professor of Education and Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, USA.

      'Three- quarters of the books 175 pages were allocated to five seperate case studies undertaken across Europe, Africa, the Americas and New Zealand. The fact that there were five fresh authors was attractive... it would be exceedingly difficult not to be inspired by the plan and its rollout... Readers will enjoy the section on theoretical approaches where today's diversity is shown to be explicable in terms of conceptual frameworks and cyclical theories'- Dennis Bryant, Australian Universities Review, Vol. 56, No.2, 2014

      "Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education is a well-timed book. Not only are institutions of higher education tasked with preparing students for a globalized and increasingly technically-driven future, many are still reeling from the recession of 2008... Set in three parts, Smith begins with a section on the significance of context and then directs readers to five fascinating case studies looking at the status of institutional transformation and diversity in South Africa, the UK, the United States, Brazil, and among indigenous institutions in the United States and New Zealand"— Katherine Daley-Bailey, Reflective Teaching