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The Effects Of Technology On Diversity Or When Is Diversity Not Diversity?

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.996.1 - 6.996.6



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Rosemary L. Parker

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Arthur Johnson

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The University of Maryland campus community is proud of its diverse student body. It is a campus where diversity is celebrated and nurtured, even defended before the U. S. Supreme Court. The University has invested heavily in building and maintaining a student body consisting of 12% African Americans, 13% Asian Americans, 5% Hispanic, and 4% of international origin. The mission of the University of Maryland Diversity Initiative is to build a more inclusive community grounded in respect of differences based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, class, marital status, political affiliation, and national origin. The presumption, then, is that if minority student enrollment increases, so does cultural diversity. However, there may be other factors that dilute the value to the campus of diversity based mostly on race affiliation. Admissions standards at the University of Maryland have markedly increased in recent years (for example, in 1992 the average SAT score of the incoming freshmen was 1068 with a high school GPA of 3.19; corresponding statistics in 2000 are 1253 and 3.74). Imposition of these standards has resulted in cultural, as well as academic, selection. There is a much smaller difference among racially diverse students because we are now selecting from among applicants with similar backgrounds.

Parker, R. L., & Johnson, A. (2001, June), The Effects Of Technology On Diversity Or When Is Diversity Not Diversity? Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9166

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