Minority Representation Of Minority Minorities

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The insufficiency in the representation of minorities in higher education administration and tenured faculty remained consistently problematic in spite of the existing and growing awareness within the higher education community (Nye & Maxey, 1994). According to McKenney and Cejda (2000), minority representation in the American higher education system has generally been a major issue for the academic community as a whole.
Racial and ethnic diversity has become increasingly more challenging throughout colleges and universities across the United States. Little progress has been made, for instance, for minority faculty members to move up through the leadership ranks. There are large disparities for minority faculty members when data and “demographic trends” in faculty and institutional leadership are examined.
Higher education institutions, argued Gibson-Benninger (1995), must increase their efforts in the appointment of women and minorities because these two groups have been severely underrepresented in leadership positions. Higher education institutions have not achieved much success with regard to minority recruitment to leadership positions by failing to aggressively recruit minority applicants (Gibson-Benninger, 1995).
Since its inception in 1987, the diversity program that was aiming to “link” academic excellence and social diversity at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus has shown some improvement in the number of their minority faculty members of tenured and…
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