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So my multi-cultural credits were all for naught?

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

[I]n a finding that contradicts much of the available research on racial and ethnic diversity in higher education, Mr. Herzog found that about the only educational benefit associated with exposure to black, Hispanic, and American Indian students was that it appeared to increase the likelihood that other students from those racial and ethnic groups would stay in college to complete their degrees.

Using objective measures of learning, Mr. Herzog did not find any evidence that being exposed to diversity in their classrooms or taking classes intended to promote appreciation of diversity fostered students’ cognitive growth.

Don’t worry, ethnic studies majors. As you well know by now, it’s not your job to explain to people why they’re wrong (and racist). Just let your outrage and tears prove you right.

  1. Chris says:

  2. […] chilling effect “diversity” seems to have on free speech on campus and what we’re beginning to learn about the benefits (or lack thereof) of a “diverse” campus environment (at least as […]

  3. Preen Thy Anal says:


  4. Token White Boy says:

    You want to know what diversity means in Eugene? Here you go (courtesy of U of O’s diversity advancement plan):

  5. Preen Thy Anal says:

    True. I find it problematic that people sit around and bemoan the geography of Oregon. I suppose we could send diversity teams south and east to kidnap diversity and bring it back here, but then….that would be illegal and immoral.

    I’m still wondering what diversity means in Oregon/Eugene….

  6. THUNDERLOVE says:

    Its a problem trying to diversify a State University in an overwhelmingly white state

  7. Chris says:

    Kind of like insinuating or arguing that ideas, comments and work from diversity-based students/faculty/whomever is somehow qualitatively better than the same from non-diversity-based students/faculty/whomever.

    Whatever diversity means.

  8. Betz says:

    I’m having a hard time trying to understand the scientifically objective measurements used in determining “cognitive understanding.” To me, this sounds too subjective to pin down in any empirical way.

  9. Chris says:

    Interesting stuff. I’m still confused about this word, “diversity”. I’m not sure it means what I think it means.

  10. CJ Ciaramella says:

    In the immortal words of Ben Folds:

  11. Token White Boy says:

    And yet universities continue to offer more and more scholarships and incentives for “ethnically diverse” students to attend school. I don’t have anything against diversity, but I do have a problem with me having to work twice as hard and be twice as good as someone of a different race or background in order to receive anywhere near the same amount of financial aid. In the immortal words of Ben Folds: “Let me tell y’all what it’s like / Bein’ male, middle-class and white: / It’s a bitch if you don’t believe.” And yes, I realize Ben Folds was being ironic when he wrote this lyric. Doesn’t mean there’s no truth to it.

  12. Rockne Andrew Roll says:

    Of course it doesn’t foster cognitive growth. A diverse array of ideas foster cognitive growth. If you’re really lucky, a diverse array of people will foster a diverse array of ideas, but not inherently.

  13. Vincent says:

    So my multi-cultural credits were all for naught?

    Was it ever in doubt?

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