Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

University of Illinois to Study Its Diversity Programs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

University of Illinois to Study Its Diversity Programs

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URBANA, Ill. * The chancellor of the University of Illinois has ordered a study of the institution's diversity efforts.

The university already spends millions each year on scholarships, recruitment efforts and other programs to diversify its student body and create a welcoming climate for people of all backgrounds, the News-Gazette reported.

But Chancellor Robert Jones wants to know if that money is well spent. He has called for a study on how the programs are structured, how they connect to similar programs across campus and what benchmarks they use to effectively target the money they receive.

Assata Zerai, associate chancellor for diversity, and Edward Feser, interim provost, will begin conducting the study within the next few weeks. The campus will then bring outside reviewers to provide recommendations for any changes. …

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