In recent decades, the Canadian post-secondary education system has evolved to become more inclusive, now welcoming groups historically excluded from its many opportunities. Inviting the reader to explore the consequences of a rapidly changing student population, Serving Diverse Students in Canadian Higher Education presents new thinking about how education in general, and student services in particular, should be designed and delivered. A follow-up to Donna Hardy Cox and C. Carney Strange’s Achieving Student Success (2010), this volume focuses on the best programs and practices in Canadian colleges and universities to improve the educational experiences of students who are Indigenous, people of colour, francophone, LGBTQQ, disabled, and adult learners, as well as international and first-generation students. Presenting findings obtained from both personal insight and relevant research, higher education practitioners and scholars from across the country detail the characteristics, concerns, and specific needs of each diverse group, to conclude that the success of these new students and the future of Canadian society depends on its post-secondary institutions’ capacities to acknowledge students’ differences, capitalize on their gifts, and accommodate them accordingly. Exploring the enriching breadth of university communities, Serving Diverse Students in Canadian Higher Education focuses on a new paradigm of individual differences and student success.
C. Carney Strange is professor emeritus in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University.
Donna Hardy Cox is dean of the School of Social Work and a professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
"Serving Diverse Students in Canadian Higher Education not only brings the vital issue of inclusiveness to the surface but, more importantly, provides a practical perspective on how creating more inclusive and welcoming campuses across Canada can better serve different groups of students. The authors deserve congratulation for their successful coverage of the very complex issue of diversity and for showing how individual and cultural differences can contribute to the enrichment of Canadian universities. The practical advice offered in this book is invaluable for facilitating the success of diverse student communities as well as individuals who work with these communities." Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship
"This book provides a welcome review of the field from within the Canadian context. A cross-cutting issue which emerges in this book is the importance of recognizing the fluidity and complexities of identity. This book provides strategies that will be use