Diversity Efforts Have Little Impact at Illinois Universities

Efforts to bring diversity to the teaching ranks at Illinois universities are having little impact.

That's according to Illinois Board of Higher Education statistics. They show that only about five-percent of professors at the state's public universities are black, while three-percent are Hispanic.

At private colleges in Illinois, those numbers are even lower. At the University of Chicago, for example, three-percent of the school's full-time faculty are black and one-percent are Hispanic.

Illinois has attempted to increase minority faculty by dedicating millions of dollars to support students pursuing advanced degrees.

Despite that, the number of black faculty has either remained flat or declined in recent years at several schools, including Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Illinois State and Chicago State.