Low Employment Rates Of Minority Leaders At A Private

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Case Study: Low Employment Rates of Minority Leaders at a Private, Research University Introduction Racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately underrepresented in higher education leadership roles. In the absence of minorities successfully leading American colleges and universities, student recruitment, persistence, and graduation are compromised (Sandeen, 2004; Zusman, 2005). Historically, this shortage of minority leaders in leadership roles at higher education institutions comes from the initial college admissions criteria. What started off as an institution that granted access exclusively to white, wealthy Christian gentlemen is now a place where a more diverse student body can be seen in terms of race, culture, gender, ability, religion, language, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation (Thelin, 2011). However, even though there has also been an increased emphasis on diversity as demonstrated by the implementation of affirmative action, race-based considerations in the higher education admissions process and Title IX, minorities continue to struggle to secure leadership positions at colleges and universities (Gurin, Dey, Hurtado, & Gurin, 2002). The most recent report produced by the American Council on Education (ACE) on college presidents states that the leadership within the higher education system remains white-dominated with only 13% of the presidents being racial and ethnic minorities (Cook & Kim, 2012). Despite the acute lack of minorities in

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