ERIC Number: ED224376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Differences among Minority Student Backgrounds and Attitudes toward a University and Its Services. Research Report #18-79.
Patterson, Aldrich M., Jr.; Sedlacek, William E.
The interracial experiences, attitudes, and perceptions of minority students toward the University of Maryland, College Park, (UMCP) and its services were assessed. A random sample of 147 ethnic minority students (54 Asian, 54 Black, and 39 Hispanic undergraduates) responded to a 59-item questionnaire with a return rate of 77 percent. The data suggest that more similarities exist between Asians and Hispanics than with Black students. Over half of the Asian sample grew up in suburban settings, while a majority of Blacks grew up in cities. Many of the Asians and Hispanics came from families where fathers either held professional/managerial positions or owned their own businesses; fewer Black fathers held these positions. It was more common for both the Asian and Hispanic students than for the Blacks to have an immediate family member who had attended college. The majority of the Hispanic and Asian samples had dated persons of another race while in college and high school, attended social or athletic events more frequently in mixed groups or with friends of another race, and tended to feel positive about the college environment and its services. Hispanics displayed the greatest amount of interracial interaction and exhibited the most positive perception of the school. Blacks were more likely to date or attend social or athletic events with other Blacks, and less likely to do things in mixed groups. Blacks had less favorable perceptions and attitudes toward the college and its environment, and also appeared to be more race-conscious and concerned with racial issues than Asians or Hispanics. (SW)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Asian Americans, Black Students, College Desegregation, College Environment, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Relations, Family Characteristics, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Institutional Research, Interpersonal Relationship, Minority Groups, Racial Relations, Social Life, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Identifiers: University of Maryland College Park
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.