Diversity doesn’t stop at race

The university’s international enrollment has increased from 90 to 126 students since last fall, according to a report from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The office’s efforts to increase cultural diversity are well received.Karen Scott, director of international admission, said the office has been advertising in magazines, books and on the Internet in an effort to recruit students internationally and is now working with placement agencies in China.

The office also works with non-degree international students who are on the special exchange program, such as Universidad de las Americas in Mexico and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, according to the report.

Kudos to the university for working to increase cultural diversity at TCU. Minority representation was 15 percent in 2006, according to the 2006 TCU Factbook, which is a 1 percent increase from 2005. However, diversity among men and women still remains skewed.

According to the TCU Factbook, enrollment numbers of men versus women are 42 percent and 58 percent, respectively. The male population at TCU has increased by only 1 percent since fall 2005, according to the TCU Factbook.

The 2008 Princeton Review ranks TCU as No. 12 in the “little race/class interaction” category, which rates universities on frequency and ease of interaction between black and white students as well as rich and poor students.

Yes, the university should strive to increase social diversity, but it should invest just as much time and resources in increasing diversity relating to gender and economic status. Diversity is a wonderful thing and TCU should continue to work to increase it across the board.

News editor Lindsey Bever for the editorial board.