An increasing number of American institutions of higher education now include some mention of “diversity” in their mission statements. A survey of the research literature on higher education also reveals the cultural pervasiveness of this topic. But the exact meaning of diversity is often unclear, and its proper application is frequently debated. Broadly understood, diversity is a concept that can encompass a range of ideals, intentions, programs, outcomes, proportions, curricula, and many other elements. Many institutions now have entire departments devoted to diversity, and it has become something of an imperative in higher education. This literature review will attempt to condense the ongoing national conversation about diversity into a clear and concise summary of current conditions and prevailing perspectives. The author’s intention is to add clarity to the conversation, helping to explain the extensive focus on diversity that permeates the institutional culture of higher education in contemporary American society.
"The Quest for Diversity in Higher Education,"
Pepperdine Policy Review: Vol. 11, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/ppr/vol11/iss1/4