Diversity Diversion?

by | Jun 21, 2020 | College Admissions | 0 comments

In a recent article, “When Colleges Seek Diversity Through Photoshop,” InsideHigherEd.com exposes the lengths to which schools will go to appear to be more inclusive than they actually are. Scott Jaschik reports that a recent ad campaign from York College in Pennsylvania came under fire when social media exposed the distinct differences between a promotional billboard and other material using the “same” image. It turns out that two students with more diverse backgrounds were photoshopped into the billboard image. The College defended the edit by explaining that the students who were photoshopped into the image were enrolled at the College and they included them to give a better representation of the student body. The article points out that while those students may be legitimately enrolled, the faces on the billboard to not reflect an accurate representation of the student composition at York. Of the eight student faces in the ad, one-half of them are not Caucasian. However, according to recent data provided by the U. S. Department of Education, 82% of York students are white. York College is not the first school to be caught doctoring images in an effort to reach more diverse potential applicants. Jaschik reports that some studies show that minorities are over-represented in College publications. Even though College’s often report on admission demographics, students should be sure to actually visit a campus to better asses the diversity of students attending and the overall campus culture of inclusion. Seeing is believing, after all, and it turns out that seeing a campus in person is likely better than relying on the glossy recruitment catalogs.campus visitdiversityinclusioncampus culturecollegeuniversityrecruitmentapplicantminorityblackwhiteethnicethnicitymulti-cultural

Tags:

Compass Academics

You Might Also Like:

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Choosing How Far Away to Go to College Some kids have dreamed of getting as far away from their hometown as they can from elementary school. Maybe you’ve been landlocked your whole life and have visions of a dorm overlooking the beach. Maybe you can’t wait to trade...

read more
What’s Your Passion? Unleash it with a Passion Project

What’s Your Passion? Unleash it with a Passion Project

We’re living in the Age of Information, and there’s no shortage of possibilities laid before each and every student embarking on their own path into college, careers, and adulthood. The wide open nature of the potential is a double-edged sword. “You can do anything...

read more

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *