For this week’s assignment, read the “Student Diversity” course document… and visit the National Center for Education Statistics “Fast Facts” Web page at Click on More info under the “Back 2 School Stats” image and scroll down to “College and University Education”. Click on source after each fact to learn more about trends in the gender, age, and race/ethnicity of U.S. college students.

Based on your review of these resources and on your personal/professional experience, select a student population for your research. Submit your selection to the Instructor, explaining why the group demands further research. Based on the Instructor’s feedback, you will begin gathering information on the group for next week’s assignment.

Assignment length: 1 page – K-12 Practitioners Circle – K-12

Required Readings

Patton, L. D. Renn, K. A., Guido, F. M., & S. J. Quaye . (2016). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

  • Chapter 1, “An Introduction to Student Development Theory” pp. 5-18
  • Chapter 2, “Using Student Development Theory” pp. 51-64

Skipper, T. L. (2005). Student development in the first college year: A primer for college educators. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

  • Chapter 1, “Student Development Theory and the First College Year” pp. 1-13

Student Diversity

National Center for Education Statistics. (n.d.). Fast facts. Retrieved June 9, 2010, from

Conduct a search of the website for current statistics related to higher education to learn more about trends with respect to gender, age, and race/ethnicity of U.S. College students.