Diversity in higher education

51 percent of student respondents to a national poll conducted for the Ford Foundation identified themselves as either “very conservative” or “more conservative than liberal.”

58 percent of respondents said the United States is growing apart.

22 percent said the nation is doing a good job of preparing itself to meet future challenges.

71 percent said diversity education brings society together.

75 percent said a diverse student body has a positive effect on the education of students.

69 percent said courses and campus activities that emphasize diversity and diverse perspectives have a positive effect on students’ education.

66 percent said colleges should take explicit steps to ensure diversity in the student body.

75 percent said colleges should take explicit steps to ensure diversity among faculty.

38 percent said diversity is used as an excuse to admit and graduate students who wouldn’t otherwise make it.

94 percent said it is important for colleges to prepare people to function in a more diverse work force.

34 percent agree that “diversity in education is nothing more than political correctness, which hinders true education.”

-From a poll conducted by the Ford Foundation’s Campus Diversity Initiative.

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