Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Survey Shows Support for Diversity in Colleges, Business

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Survey Shows Support for Diversity in Colleges, Business

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WASHINGTON -- A recently released survey by the Business Higher Education Forum shows that a majority of Americans think that diversity -- and many methods taken by institutions to ensure it -- is important in business and higher education.

The Business Higher Education Forum, a collaboration between the American Council of Education and the National Alliance of Business, released the report last month.

According to the survey, approximately eight out of 10 people, or 81 percent, say it is important that the workplace include those of different races, cultures and backgrounds. Also, 85 percent note the importance of diversity to the economy. Nearly 90 percent of those surveyed say it is important to have students of different races, cultures and backgrounds in higher education. Ninety percent say they believe diversity plays an important role in the quality of higher education.

"Our country needs a variety of different backgrounds and skills to compete in today's global market. We don't have a talented person to waste," says Roberts T. Jones, president and CEO of the National Alliance of Business. "Developing the full potential of our labor force requires that everyone be given fair access to the best possible education."

Dr. Stanley O. Ikenberry, president of the American Council on Education, adds that the success of the country depends on a well-educated, well-trained, diverse work force.

"The survey findings show that the American people have come to the same conclusion as business and higher education leaders and view diversity as vitally important to America's future," Ikenberry says.

The data resulted from an omnibus telephone survey of 1,000 adults, ages 18 and older, conducted in mid-January. The Washington-based public opinion firm of Lake Snell Perry and Associates administered the survey. …

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