The case for greater faculty diversity: examining the educational impacts of student-faculty racial/ethnic match

Jasmín D. Llamas, Khoa Nguyen, Alisia G.T.T. Tran

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Abstract

Faculty diversity has benefits for all students; however, increasing faculty diversity may be particularly helpful in reducing academic disparities for students of color. This study examines the impact of having a professor of the same race/ethnicity on student performance. A longitudinal model was tested to examine how campus racial/ethnic composition and student-faculty racial/ethnic match impact GPA and graduation for students of color. Campus racial/ethnic climate was included in the model as a potential mediating factor. Results indicated that student-faculty racial/ethnic match, campus racial/ethnic composition, and campus racial/ethnic climate each predicted GPA, which predicted graduation. An indirect relationship between student-faculty racial/ethnic match and GPA through campus racial/ethnic climate was found. Findings stress the need for diverse faculty to enhance student success, ultimately improving grades and retention. Given the benefits to students, a focus on the hiring and retention of faculty of color may be key in addressing academic disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-391
Number of pages17
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Faculty diversity
  • academic disparities
  • faculty of color
  • students of color

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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