Where’s the diversity?

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Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders have a higher percentage of full-time, tenured faculty positions, announced a report released by the American Council on Education, but are not found among the high leadership positions in higher education, Nick DeSantis reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“In their report, the American Council on Education said only 1.5% of college and university presidents are Asian-American and Pacific Islander,” DeSantis writes. “They make up 7% of full-time, tenured faculty but only 2% of chief academic officers and 3% of academic deans.”

They conclude that possible hurdles are racial bias, a disparity in mentoring and even (gasp!) stereotypes.

Is academia color-blind? Maybe not as much as it thinks it is.


Spencer Irvine is a staff writer at Accuracy in Academia.
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