ERIC Number: ED047323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Non-Intellectual Correlates of Black Student Attrition; Differences in Black Student Perceptions of the Communication Structure in a Predominantly White University.
DiCesare, Anthony C.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine the degree to which black students at the University of Maryland perceived the student-university communication structure as being good or bad. Utilizing selected responses from the 1969 University Student Census, certain perceptions of 488 black undergraduates were obtained and evaluated. Results indicated that black freshmen perceived the communication structure more positively than seniors, and blacks with low grades felt more positively than blacks with high grades. No significant differences were found in the perceptions of black males and black females. Explanations for the results included the possibility that because of the nature of the white university structure there was little black participation in social events, advice seeking, and contact with those in authority. Consequently, this may have altered the perceptions of seniors compared to freshmen. The possibility was also raised that the university may be concentrating on the blacks who need academic help but ignoring the needs of its other black students. Other results were compared to previous research and it was suggested that a series of studies be conducted on black perceptions of communication structures so that specific changes could be recommended. (Author/RSM)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cultural Study Center.
Identifiers: University of Maryland