ERIC Number: ED224373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Summary Findings from a Preliminary Study of Black Student Adjustment, Achievement and Aspirations at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Winter, 1980. Pretest of a National Study.
Allen, Walter R.
Adjustments, achievements, and aspirations of black undergraduates attending the University of Michigan were studied with a focus on characteristics correlating highly with black student continuance and successful matriculation. Questionnaire responses from 229 black undergraduates at the Ann Arbor campus provided information on: family background; high school background; student experiences at the university; student interactions with peers, faculty, and staff; student use of university supportive services; student attitudes and opinions; and problematic black student experiences. Findings include the following: 67 percent of the respondents were strongly satisfied with their decision to attend the university; fewer than 10 percent reported grade point averages of less than C; 42 percent aspired to attain a master's degree; nearly three-quarters of the respondents grew up in two-parent households and 60 percent were from families with incomes exceeding $21,000 per year; the students came from families with traditions of high educational attainment; they were high academic achievers in high school; over half initially applied to the university because of its academic reputation; after enrollment, about 30 percent of these student have seriously considered dropping out of school; respondents identified social adjustment and feelings of isolation as possible reasons for black attrition; 85 percent reported having encountered racial discrimination in some form while at the university, but 22 percent judged such acts to occur seldom; over 90 percent expressed the need for more black students; over 60 percent reported having had little or no contact with black faculty and staff. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Academic Persistence, Black Students, College Desegregation, Educational Background, Family Characteristics, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Experience, Student Problems, Student Teacher Relationship, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
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.