Elmhurst College identifies sexual orientation as an opportunity to diversify

August 29, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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West suburban Elmhurst College will pose an optional question about sexual orientation to applicants.

An additional box was added to student applications to Elmhurst College. Applicants can opt to answer whether they consider themselves to be a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community. The small west suburban liberal arts school is reportedly the first college in the nation to ask applicants about their sexual orientation. The college said the move was aimed to advance diversity. So, Eight Forty-Eight wondered how institutions of higher education measure and think about diversity nowadays. Eric Hoover, a senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, joined Eight Forty-Eight to take a closer look at the decision.