The University Record, December 21, 1998


Writer questions critical nature of diversity

In The University Record of Dec. 7, Dr.Elizabeth Barry [associate vice president and deputy general counsel] claims that "diversity is critical to the excellent education that is part of our mission" and that "(i)t also is a key to academic excellence and key to preparing students to live and function in an increasingly diverse democracy, to be better citizens. Diversity fosters tolerance, awareness and understanding." Is there any empirical evidence for these claims or are these assertions just articles of faith?

Jan Kmenta, professor emeritus of economics

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