Should colleges ask students about sexual orientation?

04/8/2013 | Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Institutions such as Elmhurst College and the University of Iowa now ask applicants about their sexual orientation, a move that is drawing both praise and criticism, George Mason University admissions counselor Andrew Bunting writes in this commentary. Critics say the question is too personal, but Bunting writes that such questions let students know the school is dedicated to diversity. "[M]ore complete student demographic information will allow university officials to better track graduation rates, re-evaluate academic course offerings, and promote new student housing and programming options," Bunting writes.

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