Diversity in Higher Education

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Compiling a Case Study In higher education, diversity has many meanings and even more implications. The Encarta World English Dictionary defines diversity as, “social inclusiveness - ethnic variety, as well as socioeconomic and gender variety, in a group, society, or institution” (Soukhanov, 1999). As important as diversity is tolerance. Encarta World English Dictionary defines tolerance as, “acceptance of different views - the acceptance of the differing views of other people, e.g. in religious or political matters, and fairness toward the people who hold these different views” (Soukhanov, 1999). The following is a definition of diversity in higher education, description of the diversity of the students and staff of WGU, and how WGU…show more content…
Promoting Diversity and Tolerance According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (2010), "One in 10 students says that someone at school has called them a derogatory word related to race, religion, ethnicity, disability, gender, or sexual orientation in the past six months" (as cited by Luther, Seeberger, Phelan, & Simpson, p. 1, 2011). This may be typical of traditional higher education organizations. However, online universities have the unique ability to appeal to a wider population of students and staff without the common incidents of racism, bigotry, and ageism experienced at brick-and-mortar universities. Following is a description of how WGU appeals to a diverse student population and ensures a diverse population of faculty. Student Stakeholders There are multiple ways WGU appeals to a diverse student population. One way is through television advertisement. Along with the main university, WGU has many state-based universities that promote their institution with local advertising. The advertising provided in each state varies based upon the needs of the target students in that state. An example is an advertisement used by WGU Texas that depicts graduation that features a pregnant mother who was able to finish her degree while being pregnant and taking care of her other children. To add another element to the advertisement’s appeal, the pregnant mother is also African American. Another method to increase diversity on the student side of the university
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