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Enhancing Representation, Retention, and Achievement of Minority Students in Higher Education: A Social Transformation Theory of Change

Kenneth I. Maton, Freeman A. Hrabowski, Metin Özdemir and Harriette Wimms

in Toward Positive Youth Development

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195327892
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199301478 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327892.003.0007
Enhancing Representation, Retention, and Achievement of Minority Students in Higher Education: A Social Transformation Theory of Change

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A social transformation theory of change is proposed for enhancing representation, retention, and the achievement of minority students in higher education. The central tenet of the theory is the creation of empowering settings that focus on minority student achievement, as part of a larger transformative institutional change-process centered on inclusive excellence. The institutional change-process involves a sustained effort to transform organizational culture and behavior in order to enhance equity for minority students, including development of an affirming campus climate. Key strategic elements for implementation and sustainability include: ensuring senior leadership support and accountability; developing an institutional vision and promoting buy-in, building capacities necessary for transformation; and leveraging resources. The proposed theory of change is based in part upon a long-term, highly successful diversity initiative involving students in science and engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Keywords: social transformation; inclusive excellence; institutional change; empowering settings; diversity

Chapter.  6822 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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