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Diversity's Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work

reviewed by Neal Hutchens - February 01, 2010

coverTitle: Diversity's Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work
Author(s): Daryl G. Smith
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 080189316X, Pages: 352, Year: 2009
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In Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work, Daryl G. Smith provides scholars and administrators with a valuable resource in offering a multi-faceted approach for colleges and universities to follow in seeking to make diversity efforts constitute a core part of institutional functioning. Research demonstrates that diversity initiatives at colleges and universities must contend with complex and overlapping factors and challenges (see, e.g., Hurtado, Milem, Clayton-Pedersen, & Allen, 1999), and Smith offers a framework with multiple dimensions targeted at enhancing overall institutional capacity to promote diversity. The emphasis on institutional capacity provides the key conceptual approach for the work. The author, while recognizing the comparison is not a completely seamless match, discusses how the emergence of technology as an everyday part of campus life serves as a useful analogy for the goal of making diversity efforts an integral part of institutional functioning and decision making. The comparison is meant... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 01, 2010
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15904, Date Accessed: 8/13/2020 7:49:48 AM

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  • Neal Hutchens
    University of Kentucky
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    NEAL HUTCHENS is an assistant professor in the Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation department at the University of Kentucky. Hutchens earned a Ph.D. in education policy with a specialization in higher education from the University of Maryland and a J.D from the University of Alabama School of Law. His scholarship centers on law and policy issues in higher education. Hutchens’ current research has focused on First Amendment issues in higher education, including in relation to academic freedom. His recent scholarship has appeared in the Journal of College and University Law and the Kentucky Law Journal.
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