To meet protesters' demands, Mizzou may need to hire hundreds

Student body is fairly representative

Protesters at the University of Missouri (Mizzou) say they want 10% of the school's faculty and staff to be black by the 2017-18 academic year, but meeting those demands could be a challenge, Anna Maria Barry-Jester reports for FiveThirtyEight.

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Racial tensions have been high at Mizzou, as a student protest movement continues to put pressure on administrators for their response to several racist incidents on the campus. A key group in the protests is Concerned Student 1950, which is demanding that 10% of faculty and staff be black by the 2017-18 academic year.

But according to Barry-Jester's analysis, getting to 10% could be difficult.

By the numbers

Faculty and staff are underrepresented at Mizzou compared to the state population. While Missouri is 12.3% black, only 3.2% of tenure-track faculty at the school are. Nationally, the average of black faculty is 5.2%.

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According to university data, the school is slightly more diverse when faculty and staff are measured together—bringing the total to 5.7% black. The most diverse group of workers are service and maintenance staff (25.6%), followed by technical and paraprofessional staff (6.5%).

The school has 8,688 faculty and staff overall. By Barry-Jester's calculations, Mizzou would either have to hire 414 new people or replace 370 current staff and faculty to meet the diversity demands of the student protesters.

The good news is that Mizzou's undergraduate population is already fairly representative at the state at large, with 12.3% of student being black compared 13.9% of 18- to 34-year olds statewide. However, black students have much lower retention and graduation rates than white students (Barry-Jester, FiveThirtyEight, 11/12).

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