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Bridging the diversity divide : globalization and reciprocal empowerment in higher education

Publication Type:



Jossey-Bass higher and adult education series, Jossey-Bass; Wiley Periodicals, San Francisco, Calif.; Hoboken, N.J., p.144 (2009)

Call Number:

Cubb 378.08 .E68 V.35:NO.1



College students--United States--Social conditions, Diversity in the workplace--United States, Education, Education and globalization--United States, Higher--United States, Higher--United States--Administration, Higher--United States--Evaluation, Minorities--Education (Higher)--United States, Minority college students--United States


Contents: The changing landscape and the compelling need for diversity: -- Constructing a comparative theoretical framework -- Globalization and the new landscape for higher education -- The half life of knowledge -- The role of intangibles in the research university -- The frame of demography, diversity, and democracy -- Reciprocal empowerment revisited -- Translating principles into practice: -- Globalization and institutional mission -- Recognizition of the value of diversity in the educational process -- Talent management -- Concluding observations -- Mapping the terrain for inclusion and bridging the gaps: -- Approaches to diversity self-assessment -- Measuring the first dimension: structural representation -- Diversity leadership and strategic focus -- Organizational learning -- The power of institutional culture -- Strategic organizational architecture for diversity -- Concluding observations -- Orchestrating the process of cultural change: -- Creating a tactical plan for bridging the diversity divide -- Research-based tactics that promote reciprocal empowerment -- Concluding observations -- A toolkit for operationalizing reciprocal empowerment: -- External measures of internal progress: accreditation and diversity -- Institutional effectiveness and diversity progress -- Internal change: organizational learning tools for cultural transformation -- Concluding observation -- Recommendations and implications -- Sample matrix for gauging gaps in diversity leadership -- Resource guide.; Summary: The sweeping forces of globalization present new challenges for higher education but also represent a clear mandate for change. Because of the unfinished business of remedying the representation of minorities and women in higher education, this book is designed to assist campus leaders and educators in the difficult process of cultural transformation in support of diversity and inclusion. The book explores the model of reciprocal empowerment as a moral framework linking the institution's values, culture, and workplace practices to the outside world through the prism of diversity. The focus is on research-based strategies which will enable institutions of higher education to assess current practices, create successful action plans, and move beyond structural representation to true reciprocal empowerment. The measurement strategies, organizational learning tools, and best practices included here will assist institutions of higher education in building a flexible repertoire of institutional approaches to reciprocal empowerment and inclusion.