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traditionally labeled with the term minority (Nkomo & Cox,
1990). Also, more than half of these graduates will enroll in
full or part-time higher education courses (Lynton, 1989).
The Seattle Post (June, 2000) reports that at present, many
students of color begin higher education at community colleges.
Other data confirms this report. In a geographical study of
community colleges in the United States, Andrew and Fonseca
(1998) find that the ratio of minority students to total
enrollment at community colleges is significantly higher than
that of four-year colleges and universities. Texas in
particular, as part of the southern rim where percentages of
minority populations exceed national averages, has large
proportions of African Americans and Latinos. Here, these
groups account for 23% of total community college enrollment.
The literature therefore supports the study of teachers on the
front line at community colleges. These are the faculty who
currently address populations of students whose minority
representation is closer than most to the norms of America's
These data also support an examination of beliefs and
behaviors of college teachers about other categories of
diversity. These areas include gender, ability, sexual
orientation and other differences that occur across faculty and
student populations. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended,
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Scales, Renay Ford. Ethics of Teaching: Beliefs and Behaviors of Community College Faculty, dissertation, August 2002; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3212/m1/29/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .