Racial Crisis in American Higher Education, The

Edited by Philip G. Altbach & Kofi Lomotey

Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education
Paperback : 9780791405215, 288 pages, January 1991
Hardcover : 9780791405208, 288 pages, January 1991

Table of contents

Clark Kerr


Part 1: General Perspectives

1. The Racial Dilemma in American Higher Education
Philip G. Altbach

2. The Changing Demographics: Problems and Opportunities
Lewis C. Solmon and Tamara L. Wingard

3. Racism and the Model Minority: Asian-Americans in Higher Education
Sucheng Chan and Ling-chi Wang

4. Race Relations on Campus: An Administrative Perspective
Alan Colón

5. The Undergraduate Curriculum and the Issue of Race: Opportunities and Obligations
Leon Botstein

6. Student Affirmative Action in Higher Education: Addressing Underrepresentation
William T. Trent

Part 2: Faculty Issues

7. Black Faculty in Academia
Kenneth W. Jackson

8. Making the Short List: Black Candidates and the Faculty Recruitment Process
Roslyn Arlin Mickelson and Melvin L. Oliver

9. Practices of the Academy: Barriers to Access for Chicano Academics
María de la Luz Reyes and John J. Halcón

10. White Faculty Struggling with the Effects of Racism
Joseph Katz

Part 3: Case Studies

11. Columbia University: Individual and Institutional Racism
Eric L. Hirsch

12. Beyond Recruitment and Retention: The Stanford Experience
Sally Cole

13. Race Relations and Attitudes at Arizona State University
Leonard Gordon

14. Cornell Twenty Years Later
William D. Gurowitz

Kofi Lomotey




Across the country our universities and colleges continue to be beset by incidences of racial turmoil on campus. The first contemporary serious collection of articles on this topic, this book goes beyond rhetoric to examine the causes and impact of campus racial tensions both by examining some key university case studies and by investigating some of the underlying elements of the crisis.

In order to raise the consciousness of the entire university community to the import of these concerns the authors focus both on current research and on the flashpoints of controversy. The first part of the volume deals with broader issues relating to the academic community and to the curriculum. The overarching issues including debates about affirmative action, and admissions policies are considered as well as the difficulties of recruitment, retention, and campus life for Afro-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American faculty. Studies of some of the campuses which have recently experienced a heightening of racial tension including Columbia, Stanford, Arizona State, and Cornell are provided.

Philip G. Altbach is Professor and Director of the Comparative Education Center at State University of New York at Buffalo, and author of The Knowledge Context: Comparative Perspectives on the Distribution of Knowledge, also published by SUNY Press. Kofi Lomotey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Organization, Administration and Policy at State University of New York at Buffalo, editor of Going to School: The African-American Experience, also published by SUNY Press, and author of African-American Principals: School Leadership and Success.


"Too often students and other members of academia and society at-large view race related issues as something of the past. This book provides support for continued research on race-related issues and the need to direct public policy toward efforts that will end institutional acts of racism. " —Bruce Anthony Jones, Graduate School of Education, University of Pittsburgh