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1977 Pacific University Self-Study Reports Excerpts



1977 Pacific University Self-Study Reports Excerpts


The Pacific University Self-Study Reports are a series of decennial reports that lay out University goals, collect and interpret data related to student admissions, graduations, faculty size increases, university finances and more. The reports can act as a valuable measure of race and gender related issues both in what they directly say and what is left out.

The 1977 reports expresses racial and gender diversity as a main goal for the University. Specifically, this is expressed a "maintain[ing]" an "ethnic and social and coed mix of [the] student body."

On the twelfth page of the introduction attention is drawn to Black Culture Week and the Hawaiian Luau which are considered 'grand celebrations' of minority culture. Having an excess of 20% of students as minorities is considered an indication of achieving University goals. Rather than expressing a goal to diversify the mix of students, or increase acceptance of minorities, the goal is explicitly to 'maintain the mix'.

Section VIII, E-12 shows the number of graduating students in May '77 broken down by major field of study, gender and racial background. This was the first time race and ethnicity was reported in these self-studies, but this practice would not be followed in the '87 and '97 reports. The documents featured show important statistics about the portion of women undergraduate and graduate students who were minorities.


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