ERIC Number: ED245615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Comparing and Predicting the College Performance of Black and White Students. ASHE 1984 Annual Meeting Paper.
Nettles, Michael T.; And Others
The performance and experiences of black and white college students from 30 colleges were compared. The sample consisted of 4,094 students and 706 faculty members from large white universities, regional white state universities, large white private universities, historically state-supported black universities, and historically black private universities. The Student Opinion Survey was administered to determine personal, academic, demographic, and attitudinal data. The performance level of white students as measured by progression rate and college grade point average was significantly higher than that of black students. It was found that, to some extent, the racial differences in progression rate are likely attributable to differences between the two races in a variety of personal and attitudinal characteristics, such as high school preparation, financial need, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, the level of interfering problems, and feelings of racial discrimination. Faculty attitudes also seemed to influence student progression rates. Personal, institutional, and faculty influences also affected grade point average. High faculty contact with students and nontraditional teaching style were significant contributors to high college grades. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Southern Education Foundation, Atlanta, GA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 12-14, 1984).