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Diversity in American Higher Education
Toward a More Comprehensive Approach

ISBN 9780415874526
Published June 20, 2011 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Diversity has been a focus of higher education policy, law, and scholarship for decades, continually expanding to include not only race, ethnicity and gender, but also socioeconomic status, sexual and political orientation, and more. However, existing collections still tend to focus on a narrow definition of diversity in education, or in relation to singular topics like access to higher education, financial aid, and affirmative action. By contrast, Diversity in American Higher Education captures in one volume the wide range of critical issues that comprise the current discourse on diversity on the college campus in its broadest sense.

This edited collection explores:

  • legal perspectives on diversity and affirmative action
  • higher education's relationship to the deeper roots of K-12 equity and access
  • policy, politics, and practice's effects on students, faculty, and staff.

Bringing together the leading experts on diversity in higher education scholarship, Diversity in American Higher Education redefines the agenda for diversity as we know it today.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Lisa M. Stulberg and Sharon Lawner Weinberg

I. The K-12 Pipeline: Impacts on Educational Equity

1. Ethnic and Social Class Disparities in Academic Skills: Their Origins and Consequences, Meredith Phillips

2. Inside the K-12 Pipeline for Black and Latino Students, Amanda E. Lewis and Michelle J. Manno

3. Testing, No Child Left Behind, and Educational Equity, Linda Darling-Hammond

II. The Diversity Imperative: Postsecondary Institutional and Legal Ramifications

4. A Long View on "Diversity": A Century of American College Admissions Debates, Lisa M. Stulberg and Anthony S. Chen

5. The Diversity Imperative in Elite Admissions, Mitchell L Stevens and Josipa Roksa

6. The Diversity Rationale: Its Limitations for Educational Practice, Mitchell J. Chang and María C. Ledesma

7. The Official Organization of Diversity in American Higher Education: A Retreat from Race? anthony lising antonio and Chris Gonzalez Clarke

Section III. Understanding Progress and Continuing Challenges in American Higher Education

8. Trends in the Education of Underrepresented Racial Minority Students, Peter Teitelbaum

9. Gender Equity in Higher Education, Claudia Buchmann and Thomas A. DiPrete

10. LGBT Students, Faculty, and Staff: Past, Present, and Future Directions, Debbie Bazarsky and Ronni Sanlo

11. Identifying Talent, Interrupting the Usual: Diversifying the Faculty, Daryl G. Smith

12. Asian Americans and Diversity Talk: The Limits of the Numbers Game, Dana Takagi

13. Conservative Critics and Conservative College Students: Variations in Discourses of Exclusion, Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood

14. Explaining Professors’ Politics: Is It a Matter of Self-Selection? Neil Gross and Catherine Cheng

15. Experiences of Exclusion and Marginalization: A Study at the Individual Student Level, Bonita London, Vanessa Anderson, and Geraldine Downey

IV. Future Implications for Diversity: Practice, Policy, and the Law

16. HBCUs: Continued Relevance in the New Century, Sarah Willie-LeBreton

17. The Role of Women’s Colleges in the 21st Century, Leslie Miller-Bernal

18. The New Financial Aid Policies: Their Impact on Access and Equity for Low-Income Students, Bridget Terry Long

19. Improving Assessments of Faculty Diversity, Sharon Lawner Weinberg

20. New Legal Perspectives: Implications for Diversity in the Post-Grutter Era, Lia Epperson

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Lisa M. Stulberg is Associate Professor of Educational Sociology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Sharon Lawner Weinberg is Professor of Applied Statistics and Psychology and former Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at New York University.


"Generally speaking, the book is an important addition to the growing number of recent texts on diversity in higher education. The book is fairly well organized, easy to follow, and written in a way that makes it accessible to a wide range of audiences."
Educational Researcher

"Diversity in American Higher Education: Toward a More Comprehensive Approach is a multidimensional volume which addresses a number of issues including policies regarding the recruitment of diverse students and faculty and their experiences on college campuses." --Education Review

"Diversity in American Higher Education provides an insightful and comprehensive examination of the complex issues that confront academia today. It is an invaluable resource that should be a required reading for educators who seek to understand the many challenges that accompany our nation's growing diversity."

--Pedro A. Noguera, Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University.

"This thoughtful, comprehensive, compelling book advances our longstanding national conversation about diversity and inclusion. A "Who’s Who" of leading scholars offers wide- ranging perspectives on the arc of diversity in higher education over time, across institutional contexts, and among different target groups.They bring "light and heat" to ongoing debates about the challenges and benefits of educational diversity on campus, asking how is diversity best defined, realized and experienced? A must read for serious scholars, students, and policy makers."

--Walter R. Allen, Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education and Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles.

"Editors Lisa M. Stulberg, Sharon Lawner Weinberg, and their contributors do much to show how legal and institutional approaches to "diversity" shape policies and practices of schooling as well as the attitudes and actions of schools and the people associated with them. Their stated aim here is to make clear how conceptions of diversity – which shift with time and context – have real and important effects on institutions of higher education and on experiences in relation to them. They are, in many ways, successful in realizing this goal."—Teachers College Record