ERIC Number: ED204089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
National Assessment of the Status of Minorities in American Higher Education: A Project Overview.
McNamara, Patricia Porter
Under a grant from the Ford Foundation, the Higher Education Research Institute is focusing a major research project on American Indians, Blacks, Chicanos, and Puerto Ricans, the four groups most underrepresented in American higher education, in an effort to determine each group's current status and progress since 1970 toward equitable educational representation. The multifaceted research, being conducted by eight full- and part-time experienced staff, includes reviews and assessments of existing national, regional, state, and institutional research studies and reports. The research design also includes several specific studies, including one to determine the attitudes of 31,000 higher education faculty and staff, and an ambitious follow-up study of 55,000 1971 college freshmen. The latter, still in progress, is initially revealing a wide range of educational and occupational attainments among American Indians. Despite sampling problems, researchers, who will write a 5-volume report of the project, hope to produce a comprehensive picture of where energies and resources should be focused to assist minority educational achievement most effectively, and what works best in higher education for minority students. Indian research participation is hampered by tight schedules, funding, and the concept that research is antithetical to a service orientation. Further research topics on American Indians in higher education are suggested. (SB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, American Indian Education, American Indians, Blacks, Educational Research, Equal Education, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Puerto Ricans, Research Design, Research Problems, Research Projects, Researchers, Teacher Attitudes
Not available separately; see RC 012 804.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the "Indian Participation in Educational Research" conference sponsored by the National Institute of Education (Washington, DC, April 1-3, 1981).