Recruiting students from culturally and racially diverse backgrounds is a challenge for small private colleges, especially those located away from major cities and in regions of the country other than the Southeast.

One pair of colleges -- The College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns University -- has hit on a strategy that appears very successful. In 2004, CSB/SJU created I-LEAD (Intercultural Leadership, Education and Development) Fellowship Program.

While the goals of the program - attract, retain, and support students currently underrepresented (culturally, geographically, first generation, racial, and socio-economically) on campus --...

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