At Academic Impressions, we had the opportunity recently to speak with Mary Hinton when she served as the vice president for planning and assessment at Mount Saint Mary College. Hinton advocates adopting a more holistic perspective on campus diversity -- specifically, moving beyond a focus on demographics of incoming students. We wanted to learn more about her perspective and hear her thoughts on the practical implications of a broader approach to campus diversity.
Here are some of the points she made.
"We have to realize diversity isn't just an issue of access. It isn't just about getting minorities in the door. That is certainly an important step, but a diverse institution isn't just about who is enrolled. It's about who is having successful outcomes. It's about the quality of the student experience."
Mary Hinton, Mount Saint Mary College
Hinton notes that many institutions report the percentages of entering student cohorts to demonstrate the extent to which the campus has become ethnically or socioeconomically diverse -- but there are a number of other questions that need to be asked: