WBEZ | The Chronicle of Higher Education http://www.wbez.org/tags/chronicle-higher-education-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Elmhurst College identifies sexual orientation as an opportunity to diversify http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-29/elmhurst-college-identifies-sexual-orientation-opportunity-diversify-911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-29/2995477845_8f615238d7_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483672-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/higher ed diversity.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>An additional box was added to student applications to<a href="http://public.elmhurst.edu/" target="_blank"> Elmhurst College</a>. 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, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered how institutions of higher education measure and think about diversity nowadays. <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Eric-Hoover/48528/" target="_blank">Eric Hoover,</a> a senior writer for <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em>, joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to take a closer look at the decision.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-29/elmhurst-college-identifies-sexual-orientation-opportunity-diversify-911