Succeeding in an Academic Career: A Guide for Faculty of Color

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Foreword

Yolanda Moses

This book, Succeeding in an Academic Career: A Guide for Faculty of Color, fills a very important void in higher education literature. It is an important book for those who are responsible for promoting institutional change as well as for the faculty of color who must still "find their own way" within the academy.

Higher education in this country is in a state of profound change. During the last twenty-five years, institutions of higher education have opened their doors to the widest cross section of students in history. Today, colleges and universities across the country reflect the diversity of America. It is not the perfect representation that we would like, but it is certainly better than it has been in our recent past. Access to higher education for all still remains a goal--one that we must continue to vigorously pursue.

Demographic changes, fiscal constraints, and issues of accountability are just a few of the major concerns that higher education institutions face. In the area of changing demographics, we know that students who come to the academy are more ethnically and racially diverse, that they are older, that many attend part time, and that the number of female students is increasing. Our challenge is to provide an institutional envi-

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