ERIC Number: ED163874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Differences in Black Student Perceptions of the Communication Structure in a Predominantly White University. Research Report No. 6-70.
Van Arsdale, Peter W.; And Others
Utilizing selected responses from the 1969 University Study Census (USC), perceptions of 488 black undergraduates enrolled at the University of Maryland in Fall, 1969 were obtained and evaluated. The degree to which these students perceived the students-university communication structure as being good or bad was determined. Results indicate 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 include 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. This factor may have altered the perceptions of seniors compared to freshmen. It is possible that blacks in an "asking position" in terms of money or academic aid may be less likely to criticize the university. Survey questions and charts showing responses are included. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cultural Study Center.
Identifiers: Maryland University College Park