The Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed Marybeth Gasman, co-author with Clifton Conrad of Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons from Minority-Serving Institutions, about the book, which looks at the successful practices of minority-serving institutions to benefit majority-white institutions with increasingly diverse student bodies.
Conrad is a professor of higher education at UW-Madison and faculty director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).
The article explains that Gasman and Conrad wrote the book “to understand more about what goes on at a minority-serving institution that might be a little different than majority institutions.”
The authors traveled around the country and interviewed students and faculty at various minority institutions about their higher education experience.
These institutions “design a pathway for success,” explains Gasman, and “have a wide array of programs put in place by faculty and staff that ensure students are successful. They’re not leaving it up to chance.”
The authors feel that majority-white institutions could effectively adopt the practices of minority-serving institutions to better serve and support all of their students.