Not on My Watch: How to have a diverse academic program and high quality students in your program at the same time?
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 6 No. 2 (2005): Vol-6-Issue-2-February-2005
How was I going to do this?? How was I going to still ensure that students from a diverse background
would still have access to my program and an opportunity to gain a graduate education?
Here is the dilemma: The faculty in my department wants to use the Graduate Record Examination
(GRE) as a criterion for admissions into our Master’s program. This is a new shift since my university
has made the decision to move to a research one institution. Now on the outside, this sounds like a
wonderful idea. The university where I am employed is a Hispanic serving institution with over 28,000
students. We have developed many new doctoral programs including a new Ph.D. program in my
department. So, of course, the next step is to move up in the Carnegie rankings to a research intensive
institution. Furthermore, for the last several years, we have recruited young, energetic faculty and senior
faculty who are still hungry for growth. With this new faculty dynamic comes the increase desire for
research and a move towards securing more grant funding and a shift from the primary focus centering