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ERIC Number: ED010603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 69
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DESEGREGATION AND THE NEGRO COLLEGE IN THE SOUTH. AND PERSISTENCE IN COLLEGE.
ROBBINS, RICHARD
THE TRANSITIONAL CHANGES WITHIN SOUTHERN NEGRO COLLEGES, RESULTING FROM RACIAL DESEGREGATION, WERE STUDIED. THE STUDY WAS BASED ON THE ASSUMPTIONS THAT CONTINUING DESEGREGATION ACCELERATES CHANGE WITHIN THE NEGRO COLLEGE SYSTEM AND FORCES NEW ROLE ADAPTATIONS AMONG NEGRO FACULTY MEMBERS IN PARTICULAR. TO TEST THESE ASSUMPTIONS, THE AUTHOR SERVED FOR 1 ACADEMIC YEAR AS A REGULAR FACULTY MEMBER OF A LEADING NEGRO COLLEGE IN THE COASTAL SOUTH. A REDUCED TEACHING LOAD PERMITTED HIM TO VISIT THE CAMPUSES OF OTHER NEGRO COLLEGES AND TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS WITH SOCIAL SCIENTISTS (PRINCIPALLY SOCIOLOGISTS) ON THESE CAMPUSES. QUESTIONNAIRE-GUIDED INTERVIEWS OF A 15 PERCENT SAMPLE OF THE JUNIOR CLASS AT THE "HEADQUARTERS" COLLEGE PROVIDED ADDITIONAL MATERIAL. THE STUDY RESTED PRIMARILY ON PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION AND INTERVIEWS AT THE FACULTY LEVEL, HOWEVER. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCLUSION WAS THAT AFTER ONE AND A HALF DECADES OF SCHOOL DESEGREGATION ACTION, THE "EDUCATION GAP" BETWEEN "WHITE" AND NEGRO SYSTEMS OF HIGHER EDUCATION REMAINS PERSISTENT, PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO SMALL NEGRO COLLEGES. THE AUTHOR FOUND THAT THE FACULTIES OF THESE SMALL COLLEGES ARE USUALLY QUITE DEFICIENT IN PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION, SCHOLARLY COMMITMENT, AND INVOLVEMENT IN SIGNIFICANT SOCIAL ISSUES WHEN COMPARED TO FACULTIES OF "WHITE" SCHOOLS OF SIMILAR SIZE. THIS SUGGESTED THAT THESE NEGRO FACULTIES WERE STILL LARGELY CONDITIONED TO THE SEGREGATED SYSTEM IN TERMS OF ROLE ADAPTATION AND THAT THEIR PROFESSIONAL ROLES WILL CONTINUE TO BE PLAYED OUT WITHIN THE CONSTRICTED WORLD OF THE SMALL, ISOLATED NEGRO COLLEGE. IMPLICATIONS OF THESE FINDINGS WERE DISCUSSED. (JH)
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