Wednesday, September 8, 2004

State universities struggle to meet court-ordered diversity goals

"Actions taken to increase diversity among institutions of higher education in Tennessee as ordered under the Geier Consent Decree may need more time to bear fruit."

"Signed in 2001, the consent decree prescribes a five-year plan to integrate the state’s colleges and universities as well as increase overall enrollment."

"A committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) heard reports Tuesday that said much progress has been made in instigating more racial balance among its colleges and universities, but that undergraduate enrollment numbers are slow to reflect the efforts."

"'I think you will find this is one of the most important and pressing issues of the board at this time,' Geier Committee Chair Buddy Bowers said."

"[Atlanta attorney and] Geier court monitor Carlos Gonzalez urged them to remember the values of Geier when searching for a new TSU president."

"'It is essential that you find a president who is committed to …the outreach for non-traditional students,' Gonzalez said. 'Diversity benefits everyone.'"

Nashville City Paper

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