ERIC Number: ED339320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-31
Reference Count: N/A
Academic and Social Expectations and Experiences of First-Year Students of Color. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Malaney, Gary D.; Shively, Michael
This study examines the relative stability and change in ethnic students' (Asian, Black, and Hispanic) social and academic expectations during their first year at the University of Massachusetts. The paper investigates how students' expectations were met by their actual experiences and whether students of different racial or ethnic categories differ in both their expectations and experiences. Given that the quality of students' first-year experience is an important factor in retention, this study provides further data to assist in the understanding of the phenomenon. Results of interviews (n=377) are provided from random samples of first-year students of six racial/ethnic categories early in their first semester of college and again at the end of their second semester. Analysis suggests that students of different racial backgrounds arrive at college anticipating different levels of academic success and levels of fitting in socially, and that, by the end of the first year, their expectations change in response to experiences. Contains 53 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; University of Massachusetts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).