The impact of enhanced student diversity on diversity opinions

This study is an evaluation of an MPA program intervention designed to enhance cultural competency by increasing program diversity. The intervention, part of a larger diversity plan, attempted to increase the diversity of the student body by changing the program delivery mode to an internet-assisted synchronous model. The outcomes were measured in several ways including a survey of the current and former students, which addressed attitudes about diversity. The results showed that as credit hours in the program increased so did positive attitudes toward diversity, measured in four ways. Specific recommendations are offered related to diversity, as part of a larger strategic program management framework.