Meeting the challenge of demographic change

Posted on December 22nd, 2016

In this commentary in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Joe Garcia and William Serrata examine the need for colleges to find new ways of recruiting and retaining increasingly diverse student bodies. Garcia, president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, a non-profit that facilitates collaboration among higher education systems and institutions, and Serrata, president of El Paso Community College, point out that more non-white, first generation, low income students are arriving on campuses, and institutions need to do more to help these diverse groups. They suggest strategies such as increasing initiatives to provide academic support, creating partnerships with feeder schools, and increasing the diversity of faculty and leadership.