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A Global Model To Assist Higher Educational Institution To Increase Minority Enrolment

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Collaborative & New Efforts in Engineering Education

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11.47.1 - 11.47.10



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Fazil Najafi University of Florida

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A Global Model to Assist Higher Educational Institutions to Increase Minority Enrollment


A higher educational institution must include in their overall mission to increase the enrollment of minority students within its student population. The population of the United States is very diverse, yet many universities lack diversity within their student population. This paper presents a model that incorporates growth in the number of minority students within the existing student population as part of a university’s overall mission.

The proposed model focuses on university student enrollment and presents a step-by-step procedure of how to increase the number of minority students within the overall student population. To enhance the existing diversity of a university, the model looks at the existing university student population and sets a target number to achieve over a planning horizon. A realistic target number can be established by looking at the existing minority population and the rate of change over the past ten years. A realistic yearly rate can only be established if the university already has an aggressive recruitment and retention program. The success of the model depends on how the university’s overall mission treats diversity in its future growth. In the overall growth picture, a diversity strategy should be included with a strong commitment to increase the number of minorities among the student body, faculty and staff. This model includes programs such as recruitment, retention, orientation, and professional development workshops.

The allocation of resources plays a vital role in the implementation of the diversity model. The model includes two parts, one for each of the undergraduate and graduate populations. The programs need to be actively incorporated and coordinated within each department of the various colleges under the main umbrella of the university’s overall mission. The program coordinators work as a team in competitive cooperation to successfully implement the mission for diversity under the goals of the institution of higher learning. The team members’ aggressiveness, motivation, creativity, interpersonal skills, financial support and recognition of the importance of diversity within the student population play a vital role in the successful implementation of this program. The model includes an assessment feature and provides a mechanism that gives feedback from all colleges within the university for continuous monitoring of program assessment and improvement.


An institution of higher education (IHE) must not lack diversity in admitting blacks and other minority students. National Science Foundation data shows that only a fraction of the black students who earn a doctorate degree is hired as a university professor. Blacks make up 3 percent of the legal field, 4 percent of college faculty and 5.2 percent of entertainers, writers, and professional athletes in the U.S.1 Under the formula for

Najafi, F. (2006, June), A Global Model To Assist Higher Educational Institution To Increase Minority Enrolment Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1457

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