Ethnic and Racial Administrative Diversity

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Ethnic and Racial Administrative Diversity: Understanding Work Life Realities and Experiences in Higher Education (ASHE Higher Education Report)


Jerlando F. L. Jackson (BIO)
Associate Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Faculty Affiliate, WISCAPE

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Elizabeth O'Callaghan
Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Book Cover: Ethnic and Racial Administrative Diversity


While much of the research on college access for people of color has focused on students and faculty, the higher and postsecondary education literature also includes a growing body of work on the experiences of administrators of color.

Co-authored by WISCAPE Faculty Affiliate Jerlando F. L. Jackson and Elizabeth M. O'Callaghan, this monograph aims to provide a clear and succinct synthesis of this literature in order to help policymakers, administrators, faculty, researchers, and governing boards make decisions that increase administrative diversity in their institutions and improve working conditions for administrators of color. Specifically, it addresses the following four questions:
  •     How diverse are the administrative ranks at colleges and universities?
  •     What barriers may prevent people of color from entering college and university administration?
  •     What coping strategies are the most useful for aspiring administrators of color?
  •     What institutional approaches may yield the most promise in helping colleges and universities increase ethnic and racial administrative diversity?
The monograph is the third issue in Volume 35 of the ASHE Higher Education Report, published by Jossey-Bass in cooperation with the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Research forming the basis of this report was conducted with WISCAPE financial support.
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