A new choice for freshman at Elmhurst College

August 29, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

Students applying to Elmhurst College now have another box to check on their applications. Applicants can opt to answer whether they consider themselves a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community. The small west suburban liberal arts school is reported to be the first college in the nation to ask applicants about their sexual orientation. The college says this move is aimed at advancing diversity. So how are institutions of higher education measuring and thinking about diversity these days?  Eric Hoover joined Eight Forty-Eight to take a closer look at the decision. Hoover is a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education