Specifically in higher education, the research found several standards emerged as indicators of successful diversity programs on other campuses.
1. Access and representation of underrepresented students, staff, and faculty
- Active recruiting of students and faculty of color.
- Having minority admission counselors on staff.
- Availability and tracking of racial/ethnic data on students, faculty, and staff.
- Engaging in strategic faculty hires.
- Monitoring staff and faculty searches and modifying processes as needed.
- Using alternative recruiting venues for faculty and staff to increase the diversity of the pool.
- Educating and training search committees.
- Partnering with community colleges and high schools to reach more diverse students.
2. Opportunities for cross-racial interaction
- Incorporating diversity-theme-based living and learning communities into campus housing options.
- Taking diversity issues under special consideration when making housing assignments.
- Cultivating a dialog among faculty, staff, and students on diversity issues.
- Engaging in and examining conversations about challenging and significant social issues as a campus community.
3. Academic and social successes of underrepresented students
- Creating and implementing summer bridge programs that introduce underserved middle and high school students to college life.
- Establishing special honors programs to support and encourage college application and attendance among at-risk students.
4. Diverse perspectives in classes
- Requiring all students to take diversity courses with content addressing both domestic and international issues.
- Applying pedagogical approaches that are race and culture aware.
- Increasing race/ethnic/multicultural studies courses.
5. Support academic/social needs of underrepresented students
- Creating and making accessible support groups for underrepresented students.
- Planning and executing varied social programs and activities.
- Organizing academic support programs for underrepresented students.
- Instituting peer mentoring programs
6. Support for underrepresented faculty and staff
- Establishing mentoring programs.
- Providing increased access to grants and research sabbatical leaves for faculty of color.
7. Link the work of student affairs and academic affairs
- Collaboration between the offices of student affairs and academic affairs to produce joint programming on diversity.
- Integrating student learning in curricular and co-curricular activities.
- Creating shared accountability, recognition, and reward programs.
8. Connect campus with ethnic communities
- Sharing the university's broad knowledge base and pool of experts with the community.
- Establishing successful communication contacts and networks within minority communities.
- Increasing collaboration with community-based organizations on diversity-related activities.
- Growing the involvement of individuals from the communities in university programs, activities, committees, etc.
9. Assess progress
- Ongoing assessment of the campus climate for diversity.
- Measuring learning outcomes by a set of goal areas.
- Tracking changes in the university demographic profile, specifically in representation, retention, graduation, and promotion.