TCU looks to students to shape potential campus diversity initiatives

first_imgMaya Bulger Twitter Students are back on campus. (Photo by Elizabeth Campbell.) ReddIt Twitter Maya Bulger is a junior at Texas Christian University from Detroit, Michigan. Maya is pursuing a major in journalism and a minor in business. In her spare time she loves to watch sports, workout, read, hike, travel and bake. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printThis semester the Office of Quality Enhancement hopes to find out if campus initiatives such as the development of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness committee have made an impact on campus by conducting a survey.The Diverse Learning Environments survey is a part of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program administered by the Higher Education Research Institute.The survey asks questions that are meant “to capture students perceptions regarding the institutional climate, campus practices as experiences with faculty, staff, and peers and student learning outcomes,” according to the Higher Education Research Institute.The last DLE survey was done in 2015.“Hopefully things have improved,” said Director of Quality Enhancement Angela Taylor.Courtesy of the Higher Education Research Institute. Diverse Learning Environments Survey Infographic.The TCU Office of Quality Enhancement on average conducts four surveys a semester and one in the summer on various topics regarding campus culture.Taylor said that the survey focuses on improving diversity, equity and inclusiveness.“We have had a lot of initiatives in the last three years,” Taylor said. “Now it’s time to see how effective those measures have been.”U.S. News researched the 2016-2017 school year and developed a college campus ethnic diversity national ranking. The diversity index ranges from 0-1, one being very diverse to zero being low on diversity. TCU ranked No. 204 with a diversity index of 0.39 percent.Since 2015 the DLE survey has been collecting data on how to improve future diversity initiatives. The 2018 questionnaire will ask the same questions.HERI Diverse Learning Environments SurveyTaylor said the results of the 2015 survey implied that TCU students had different experiences in regard to diversity, equity and inclusiveness.  The main goal of the survey is to help create a space for every student, faculty and staff member to feel like they belong.“We want everybody to have a great experience,” Taylor said.  A stratified random sampling method is used to decide which students will be asked to participate in a specific survey. This method is used to ensure an equal balance of students.At least 500 responses are needed to conduct the research. Participation is voluntary but offers students the opportunity to shape future initiatives on campus. Students that complete the survey have the opportunity to enter a drawing for one of two $100 gift cards.“By doing this survey again this spring, we will be able to say, ‘where have we improved, where do we still need to improve, and what can we be doing better?’” Taylor said. Previous articleReview: Kendrick Lamar, company deliver on ‘Black Panther’ soundtrackNext articleThe Skiff: February 15, 2018 Maya Bulger RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two teams added to ‘Meet The Frogs’ Linkedin Track and Field: Senior breaks another school record Linkedin Facebook Maya Bulger Early action option removed from admission process Get to know the TCU admission counselors Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Maya Bulger Maya Bulger ReddIt + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Maya Bulger last_img read more

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Oxford academics condemn “polemical and simplistic” research

first_imgThe society decried what they described as attempts to “rig these workshops by wholly excluding critical scholars”. They nonetheless clarified that they had no interest in attending “Biggar’s bigoted workshops”, as he had “already proved himself incapable” while defending Cecil Rhodes in a debate at the Oxford Union.In response to the open letter, a University spokesperson said: “It eloquently illustrates an alternative perspective on empire taken by other University academics in related but different fields.“Argument and differing approaches to topics are to be expected in an environment with many different disciplines and where the robustness and good health of academic freedom is fundamentally important.”The furore follows the debate surrounding an article written by Biggar in The Times, entitled ‘Don’t feel guilty about our colonial history’, in which he claimed we should “moderate our post-imperial guilt”.The article provoked a statement of opposition from student group Common Ground, which drew attention to Biggar’s joint leadership of the ‘Ethics and Empire’ project. The other academic in charge, John Darwin, withdrew from the project on Sunday for personal reasons.The McDonald Centre – the University organisation which runs the programme – describes the project as “a series of workshops to measure apologias and critiques of empire against historical data from antiquity to modernity across the globe”.As reported last week, a University spokesperson defended Biggar’s suitability for the role, stating that Oxford supports “academic freedom of speech”, and that the history of empire is a “complex topic” that must be considered “from a variety of perspectives”.They said: “This is a valid, evidence-led academic project and Professor Biggar, who is an internationally-recognised authority on the ethics of empire, is an entirely suitable person to lead it.” Professor Biggar said that participation in the project is by invitation only “so as to enable focused reflection and sustained discussion on important matters by a necessarily small and select group of relevant experts”.He added that the “current illiberal climate” means that “such discussion is only possible in private, because the ideological enemies of free speech and thought would disrupt it, were it to be held in public”. Academics and students across Oxford have united in condemnation of a controversial research project, accusing it of seeking to justify British colonialism.Almost 60 Oxford academics have now signed an open letter that attacks Nigel Biggar’s ‘Ethics and Empire’ as “too polemical and simplistic”, while the Oxford Centre for Global History has sought to distance itself from his research. But the University has again defended Biggar, emphasising the “fundamental importance” of academic freedom in its recent statement.The open letter – written by Oxford scholars specialising in the history of empire and colonialism – claims the project “asks the wrong questions, using the wrong terms, and for the wrong purposes”.They insisted “neither we nor Oxford’s students in modern history will be engaging with the ‘Ethics and Empire’ programme, since it consists of closed, invitation-only seminars”.Professor Biggar – Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Christ Church – attacked the letter as “collective online bullying”, saying none of the academics had “the courage or sense of collegial responsibility” to raise their concerns in person”.He added any of the academics would be at liberty to refuse an invitation to the exclusive workshops, but they “would not close the discussion down. They do not have the right to control how I, or anyone else, thinks about these things”.The Oxford Centre for Global History said they were “not involved in Professor Biggar’s workshop or project”. Instead, they stressed that their programmes engaged critically with the “complex legacies of colonialism”, moving beyond “the problematic notion of a balance sheet of empires’ advantages and disadvantages”.The Oxford University Africa Society also waded in, saying: “The Africa Society categorically rejects these latest attempt at colonial apologism, yearning and re-justification through the pursuit of dishonest scholarship by Biggar and associates.”last_img read more

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