Monday, May 14, 2001

OSU loses minority deans, vice presidents

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — During the latter part of the 1990s, Ohio State University spent hundreds of thousands of dollars hiring minority faculty and staff members, but didn't improve its percentage of minority workers.

        Although its minority faculty held steady at 11 percent, the university lost upper-level minority employees from 1995 to 1999.

        Hiring minority deans and vice presidents has been especially challenging, said Ed Ray, the university's provost.

        “If you don't have a lot of breadth and depth among senior faculty, then when you're looking for people to take (more) senior roles, you don't have many to look to,” he told The Columbus Dispatch.

        Mr. Ray described plans to increase minority hiring as a work in progress, not a five- or 10-year plan.

        “Race and gender and ethnicity issues are not going to disappear as real phenomena for many decades, and I think what you've got to do is start (addressing them),” Mr. Ray said.

        The Ohio chapter of the National Association of Scholars, a conservative group of about 130 Ohio academics, thinks that the plan is “a sort of racial profiling,” said Terry Dunford, former dean of instruction at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

        Mr. Ray said the plan isn't about quotas.

        “It's saying that if we do all these other kinds of things and if they work, then we ought to begin to see ourselves as more diverse,” he said.


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