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Scott Jaschik: Backward On Racial Understanding

from Inside Higher Ed

One stereotype about college is that the experience encourages students to be more interested in diversity and promoting racial understanding. To some this is a great virtue of higher education; to critics, this suggests academe is too focused on diversity. What if they are all wrong? A new study being presented at this year's annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association suggests that as undergraduates progress in higher education, they become less interested, on average, in promoting racial understanding. The study finds that this is true across racial groups — although it finds some characteristics of the college experience that may make students more interested in racial understanding as they proceed from freshman to senior year. more


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