'Like Flies in Buttermilk': Black Deans Talk Candidly About Diversity in Graduate Studies

Diversity was a major theme on the agenda at the Council of Graduate Schools' annual meeting last week, with speakers presenting anecdotal stories and research to show the benefits of increasing the numbers of students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education.

Most agreed that diversity is not just good policy; it is better for learning, doing business, and competing in a global economy. But outside the meeting's scheduled sessions, some deans questioned whether