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"The 'Four Percent': Students to Rally for Higher Minority Enrollment "

From: WFHB
Series: Daily Local News
Length: 09:14

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A coalition of students, faculty and staff at Indiana University are scheduled to walk out of work and class later this week in a two-day university-wide strike. The IU Strike effort is rallying behind a list of demands, mostly focusing on the high cost of tuition and what organizers call a wage freeze on staff. Beyond financial issues, the strike participants are also demanding the university follow through on a promise the Board of Trustees made in 2007. That promise was to double enrollment of African American student.

Badge-wo-tagline_small A coalition of students, faculty and staff at Indiana University are scheduled to walk out of work and class later this week in a two-day university-wide strike. The IU Strike effort is rallying behind a list of demands, mostly focusing on the high cost of tuition and what organizers call a wage freeze on staff. Beyond financial issues, the strike participants are also demanding the university follow through on a promise the Board of Trustees made in 2007. That promise was to double enrollment of African American students, who at that time made up roughly four percent of the undergraduate student population. Six years later, that number is still roughly four percent, and some say the university could be doing more to bolster African American enrollment. Besides the strike participants, a separate organization known as the IU Diversity Coalition is also planning to rally this week for increased minority enrollment. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us this story on the demonstrators’ demands -- and the university’s response -- for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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A coalition of students, faculty and staff at Indiana University are scheduled to walk out of work and class later this week in a two-day university-wide strike. The IU Strike effort is rallying behind a list of demands, mostly focusing on the high cost of tuition and what organizers call a wage freeze on staff. Beyond financial issues, the strike participants are also demanding the university follow through on a promise the Board of Trustees made in 2007. That promise was to double enrollment of African American students, who at that time made up roughly four percent of the undergraduate student population. Six years later, that number is still roughly four percent, and some say the university could be doing more to bolster African American enrollment. Besides the strike participants, a separate organization known as the IU Diversity Coalition is also planning to rally this week for increased minority enrollment. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us this story on the demonstrators’ demands -- and the university’s response -- for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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