Princeton University has made strides over the years in becoming more diversified – but more needs to be done, says a report just issued by a university committee.
The report focused on the university's graduate student body, faculty and staff. It said that unlike the school's undergraduate population, people of color and women in these groups are extremely under-represented.
"At Princeton today, as at other selective colleges and universities, people of color are generally more strongly represented among undergraduates than among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and senior administrators," the report states. "Ours is an increasingly pluralistic society and, simply put, Princeton and its peers do not come close to looking like America today."
The report said that in 1980, a whopping 94% of Princeton's associate and full professors were white. By 2010 that figure had dropped to 85% - a slight decline. In 2010 less than 25% of its associate and full professors were women. Still, that was better than several decades ago, when that figure stood at just a paltry 3%.
According to the report, some minority populations were slower to change than others.
"Progress has been uneven and, in the case of black and Hispanic individuals, disturbingly slow."
The report offers a series of recommendations to increase diversity. These include giving departments more freedom to create diversity in their ranks and then monitoring the progress of such steps to assess their effectiveness.
The report was endorsed by the president of the university, Christopher Eisgruber, as well as Princeton's board of trustees.
"Princetonians have powerful reasons to care deeply about the diversity of the university community, President Eisgruber said. "Only by drawing the best talent from every sector of society can we achieve the scholarly and educational excellence to which we aspire."
How would you assess the level of diversity and inclusiveness at your college or university?
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