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Colleges Are Spending More Than Ever On Diversity, Yet Racial Tensions May Be Getting Worse

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Varun Hukeri General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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Colleges are responding to public demand for increased diversity efforts and to their changing student bodies by expanding diversity and equity initiatives within the bureaucracy of higher education.

working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) concluded in August 2018 most universities with student populations greater than 4,000 had chief diversity officers (CDOs). While less than 10% of major universities had a CDO in 2001, that number has since risen to over 70%.