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New approaches to boosting faculty member diversity

June 28, 2018

In its 2017 report, the National Center for Education Statistics showed 83% of the full professors in postsecondary colleges were white, 10% were Asian/Pacific Islander, 4% were black, and 3% were Hispanic in 2015. The number of minority professors has risen in recent years, but not as fast as the number of minority students, and advocates say minority professor recruitment should become a focus of colleges.

A report from the Brookings Institute shows that a big part of the unequal representation of minorities and women is due to major gaps in the STEM fields, a problem that isn’t recognized often enough by college administrators or critics of their progress.

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