Colleges can use preferences to admit black and Hispanic students with lower grades and SAT scores. Once in college, they tend to earn lower grades, and are less likely to graduate. The Christian Science Monitor reports that colleges are trying to boost the success rate of non-Asian minority students:
To Borden Painter, president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and a group of 35 presidents of liberal arts colleges that met Friday in Boston, the “minority achievement gap” is the central issue in higher education today.
“We found, and many have, that graduation rates are lower and the overall [college] experience is less satisfying for minority students,” he told the group, the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS). “So we knew, long before the Michigan decision, that we had a challenge.”
At 146 competitive colleges and universities, the six-year graduation rate is more than 20 points higher for white students than black students. It is seven points higher for non-Hispanic white students than Hispanic students, the CHAS group reported.
Another Monitor story reports on workplace diversity. It turns out that diversity isn’t necessarily good for business.
Overall, racial and gender diversity did not have any resounding impact — positive or negative, the researchers found. At one company, store branches where employees were as diverse as their customers did not outperform the others. In some instances, racial diversity seemed to hinder teamwork.
Based on the research, one company is focusing on using diversity to increase productivity, the story says. Increase productivity!
Some workplaces are still trying to recruit a more diverse staff. Others may look like a rainbow but have an undercurrent of cynicism because employees equate diversity with “annually being held hostage for a seminar,” (Luke) Visconti says.
Everybody hates diversity awareness seminars, except the consultants who get paid to run them.