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.
Table of Contents
Section 1. Setting the Context 1. Introduction: The national, international and institutional context for diversity 2. Diversity and Identity in institutions Section 2. The status of institutional transformation and diversity in selected countries 3. Skin apart: On the complexities of institutional transformation Jonathan Jansen 4. Institutional transformation in the UK: Diversity and equity in a constantly shifting environment Heather Eggins 5. Diversity, Excellence and Inclusion: Leadership for Change in the 21st Century United States Yolanda T Moses 6. Diversity In Higher Education In Brazil: Practices And Challenges Clarissa Eckert Baeta Neves 7. Indigenous Institutions: Transforming Higher Education Sharon Parker and Patricia Maringi Gina Johnston Section 3. A Comparative Look 8. Cross cutting themes Daryl G Smith 9. Conclusion: The emerging policy and research implications Daryl G Smith
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