Public university to spend up to $75K on ‘diversity audit’

Student body is almost 80 percent white

University launched diversity initiative in 2008 to “recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse student population”

A public university in Michigan plans to spend up to $75K on a “diversity audit.”

Ferris State University (FSU) has completed the diversity plan it introduced in 2008, and has stated it will hire a consultant to determine how well the plan worked, according to

The major goals of the plan were to “recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse student population” and “hire and retain a diverse workforce,” the school’s website states. Additionally, the school created a Center for Latino Studies and fortified the offices of Multicultural Student Services and International Education according to FSU Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion David Pilgrim.

According to data from fall 2012, Ferris State’s student body was 79 percent white, 7 percent black, 3 percent Hispanic and 2 percent Asian.

A resolution on the audit sent to the university’s board of trustees says the audit will be completed by May 31, 2015.

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