Whenever Viola Irvin placed on American University her senior 12 months of senior high school, she knew it was more diverse than some of the other schools she was considering and actively marketed its large international population that it was a predominately white university, but.
But, when she went to a “multicultural instantly” sponsored by the workplace of Multicultural Affairs, geared towards attracting minority pupils, she stated that a number of the present pupils offered the potential pupils sticking with them a perception that is negative of campus when it comes to variety.
AU has found itself in a situation that is paradoxical. A more selective admissions process, rising costs and changing political and economic environments have resulted in a decline in the number of international and domestic minority students while the school has earned praise and accolades for actively seeking to build a diverse “global” community as part of its mission statement. In addition, some pupils cite the college’s failure to foster programs or hold seminars diversity that is addressing students’ attitudes toward it.
Accrediting committees and outside observers have actually commended AU because of its living up to its objective statement, said Karen Froslid Jones, manager of AU’s workplace of Institutional Research and Assessment.