Change in The 1990's

During the 90s, the University of Scranton would make major efforts in minority enrollment. The three actions carried out by the University of Scranton that we saw as important were two first-year reports done in 1992/93, and another done in 1995/96. The 1994 Multicultural Recruitment/Enrollment plan is also especially important in regard to how the University of Scranton stepped up in the area of diversity. There was a noticeable difference in the population of black people in the student body from 1944 onward, which continues to trend upward to this day.

The two first-year reports were done separately from the office of Affirmative Action due to the issue of enrollment of minorities being handed over to the Office of Human Resources and Admissions. These reports of first-year students included data on who applied based on race and high school scoring, depending on if they were a minority or non-minority. 

The 1994 Multicultural Recruitment/Enrollment plan was created specifically to get a more diverse student body for the University of Scranton. Unlike the earlier Affirmative Action plans made by the university this plan had well thought-out and creative ways for getting minority students to enroll at the university. The plan had four phases for how they planned to enroll more minority students. The first step was recruiting where they would try to create a strong pool of American minority applicants. Next was application where they take potential students that are interested and get them to apply to admissions. Third they would decide and select qualified minority students from the pool gained from phase two. The last Phase, conversion, was where the University of Scranton was trying to enroll as many minority students from the accepted pool as they could. Another reason the 1994 Multicultural Recruitment/Enrollment plan succeeded where the earlier Affirmative Action Plans failed was due to real understanding of the issues preventing requitement in the first place.