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Using Technology to Drive Diversity in Higher Education

Higher education institutions have come under increased fire over the creation of and running of diversity programs. While some universities have been lambasted for spending too much, others are criticized for offering what is perceived as merely “lip service” to faculty diversity, where much is said but little is done to effect real change. An op-ed posted by the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal website touted one school’s Diversity and Inclusion plan as “costly” and “pointless,” while a statement by the Oregon Association of Scholars suggested that Oregon universities’ use of faculty hiring diversity statements would not only “cast a thick pall over…the idea of a university as a pluralistic site” but “serve as an ideological cudgel against dissenting faculty.”

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