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.

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ByLisa M. Stulberg, Sharon Lawner Weinberg

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SECTION I The K–12 Pipeline: Impacts on Educational Equity

chapter 2|11 pages

Inside the K–12 Pipeline for Black and Latino Students

ByAmanda E. Lewis, Michelle J. Manno

chapter 3|12 pages

Testing, No Child Left Behind, and Educational Equity

ByLinda Darling-Hammond

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Section II: The Diversity Imperative: Postsecondary Institutional and Legal Ramifications

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

chapter 9|11 pages

Gender Equity in Higher Education

ByClaudia Buchmann and Thomas A. DiPrete

chapter 14|17 pages

Explaining Professors’ Politics: Is It a Matter of Self-Selection?

ByNeil Gross, Catherine Cheng

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

chapter 16|12 pages

HBCUs: Continued Relevance in the New Century

BySarah Willie-LeBreton

chapter 17|11 pages

The Role of Women’s Colleges in the Twenty-First Century

ByLeslie Miller-Bernal

chapter 19|13 pages

Improving Assessments of Faculty Diversity

BySharon Lawner Weinberg