As society becomes more globally diverse, institutions of higher education have increased diversity programming for student success. Student openness to diversity and challenge has been found to have a large impact on changes in student attitudes, beliefs, and actions in the direction of greater tolerance to individual differences. This study uses regression analysis of survey data to measure (1) openness to diversity, and (2) diversity experience for students enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University during the Fall Semester of 2020. Regression results indicate that student openness to diversity and challenge was found to be statistically associated with participation in diversity workshops, diversity class activities, and other personal and academic variables. The major implication of the statistical results is that there is an opportunity to influence student openness to diversity and challenge through enhanced programming for diversity appreciation and understanding as part of the university experience.
Barkley, Andrew P.; Wiley, Zelia Z.; Hobbs, Lonnie Jr; and Smades, Summer
"Openness to Diversity and Challenge: Assessment of Undergraduate Attitudes and Experiences in The College of Agriculture at Kansas State University,"
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