Faculty diversity still trailing student diversity trends

Faculty diversity is still trailing student diversity trends.

Reported by Education Dive, new data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that while 45% of undergraduate students are now non-white, up from 28% two decades ago, non-white full-time faculty still make up only 24% of those positions. And many of the positive trends in faculty diversity growth are taking place in non-tenured positions.

The takeaway? Performance gaps across grades and completion rates shrink substantially when underrepresented minority students are taught by underrepresented minority faculty. So how do we make sure we’re prioritizing our diversity efforts as accessibility, equity, and completion issues?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.