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5 Vital Metrics To Measure Diversity In Higher Education

 

Throughout this diversity series, we've made the case for why a more diverse learning environment is one, that ultimately produces greater results. However, what are the results we are expecting? How do they materialize and what value do they add? In order to determine that we need to assess and track key performance indicators or metrics.

Many people think metrics are the latest fancy buzz word that's a glorified synonym for data. Not quite. Data is nothing but a bunch of information if its not manipulated to create meaningful value. Metrics bring that data to life. Great metrics interpret data in such a way, that at a glance, you can determine success. Today, we have analysts making an exceptional living by simply interpreting this data and selecting key metrics in a dashboard or a tool used to simplify complex data sets to provide users with at a glance awareness of current performance. When it comes to moving your institution toward healthy diversity, here are 5 vital metrics To Measure Diversity In Higher Education that you should be tracking.

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Diversity Infusion: 6 Tools For More Diverse College Campus

At nearly every college, university and now even the private schools in the country you'll find a position, if not department, dedicated to the job of diversity inclusion.  While certainly, a hot trend, more diverse college campuses are the future as evidenced by the changing demographics.   

RBC.com defines diversity as any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another while showing appreciations of differences in ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and religion.  

Conversely, inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported and creating an environment and culture where each person can achieve his or her full potential.  

When you think about it, these two concepts are quite contrary, opposites in fact.  Can we highlight individuality while asking for togetherness?  Here in lies the challenge with Diversity Inclusion.  While on the surface a noble concept, but for many schools its a Utopian environment that we can only aspire to.  However, with the most diverse institutions realizing the greatest success, forward-thinking educators must look to diversify their student bodies, faculty, and staff.  Here are six tools for attaining a more diverse college campus.   

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Keys To Creating Discussions about Women's Equality & Campus Diversity

 
It started with the revelation that Harvey Weinstein was using his power and influence to sexually harass woman and the whole House of Cards folded when actor Kevin Spacey and comedian Louis C.K. admitted to sexual harassment and other impropriety.   Accusers have come forward in numbers too many to count and the #MeToo hashtag has empowered women (and men) across the globe to speak up and out against the rich and powerful that have used their positions as a license for inappropriate behavior.  
 
While the fight woman's rights isn't a new one, the groundswell reached a tipping point with Donald Trump's Access Hollywood tape first leaked and later reached a fever pitch with the Woman's March after his inauguration  in January.  What was historically a tempered discussion about suffrage, and more recently abortion has become the premier international topic of conversation centered around diversity.  Women across the globe have been speaking out against inequality ranging from equal pay to sexual harassment.  These concerns aren't unique to celebrity however and college campuses have become ground zero for all parties to share an opinion.  Although our institutions of higher learning should be  fertile  ground for all healthy discussion, much like our National discourse, lines have been drawn and sides have been dug in on their positions resulting in tempers flaring into conflict.  Issues from safety to  liability  exposure and 1st  Amendment  rights are all variables to be accounted for.  Here are four keys to hosting healthy discussions about Women's Equality and campus diversity at your school. 
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Think Better: 4 Winning Strategies inspired by Toyota's T2 Way of Thinking

South African creativity theorist, Tim Hurson developed a problem-solving technique known as the ThinkX.

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Interracial Cheerios Ad Commentary Begs Question if Advertising is Ready For Mixed Races

We have come a very long way since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. first had his Dream.  Homosexuals are no longer asked to mask their sexuality in order to participate in the honor of defending our freedom.

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