ERIC Number: ED224371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul-19
Reference Count: 0
Racism and the Campus Environment: Student Attitudes and Perceptions.
Rosenthal, Steven J.
Attitudes and perceptions of Old Dominion University students regarding the desegregation controversy and the university environment were surveyed. The study sample consisted of 363 whites and 136 blacks: about 1 out of 20 full-time white undergraduates and 1 out of 4 full-time black undergraduates. In addition to Likert-type attitudinal questions, the questionnaire allowed respondents to indicate whether they had observed or encountered various forms of racism within the university. With regard to an agreement between Governor Dalton and the federal government to further desegregate Virginia colleges and universities, almost three-fifths of the black respondents favored further desegregation (either supported the agreement or felt it did not go far enough); less than one-fourth of the white respondents did, and over one-third of the whites felt that the agreement went too far. Nearly three-fourths of the black respondents disagreed with Virginia political leaders' claim that equal educational opportunities for blacks and whites have already been established. An even larger proportion felt that there were too few blacks at the predominantly white Old Dominion University. Two-thirds of the black respondents agreed with the statement that campus life is too segregated, and one-third felt that many faculty at the university were prejudiced against blacks. In contrast, a majority of white respondents believed that equal educational opportunities for blacks and whites exist, only about one-fourth saw the university as too segregated, and seven percent believed that many faculty are prejudiced against black students. Black and white respondents also showed a marked divergence in their perceptions of racism within the university. (SW)
Descriptors: Black Attitudes, Black Students, College Desegregation, College Environment, College Segregation, Compliance (Legal), Equal Education, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, Racial Integration, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship, Urban Universities, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Old Dominion University VA; Virginia
Note: This paper was identified by a joint project of the Institute on Desegregation at North Carolina Central University and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education at The George Washington University. The paper was also presented at the National Conference on Desegregation in Higher Education (Raleigh, NC, July 19, 1979).