ERIC Number: ED349874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: 0
Ethnic Minority and Caucasian Student Experiences at the University of Utah and Recommendations for Institutional Response. AIR 1992 Annual Forum Paper.
Fogel, Jacqueline L.; Yaffe, Joanne
A study was conducted at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to determine if minority students were at greater risk for dropping out, to explore student experiences, and to evaluate existing support services. The survey consisted of telephone interviews conducted with 431 Caucasian and 360 ethnic minority students enrolled at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Utah during spring 1990. Two versions of the telephone questionnaire were developed, based on a student's ethnic minority or Caucasian status. Ethnic minorities included Asian, African American, Hispanic, and Native American students. Additional follow-up analysis was conducted during winter quarter 1992. Students reported on involvement in campus activities; interactions with other students, faculty, and staff; occurrence of ethnic prejudice and discrimination; academic experiences; utilization of support programs; and obstacles faced by minority students. Findings indicated that respondents' ethnicity was related to experiences of prejudice and discrimination, consideration of withdrawal from the university, and perceptions of academic success. Respondents who appeared to be at greater risk for contemplating withdrawl were those who lived alone, were African American or Native American, had a lower grade point average, were not using student services or were dissatisfied with the services, and were out-of-state Humanities majors. Results of a 2-year follow up survey found that of those who said they had contemplated withdrawal, only 53 percent were still registered, a significantly lower rate than those who had not considered withdrawal. Included are 4 figures and 23 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, American Indians, Asian Americans, Black Students, College Students, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Educational Environment, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Potential Dropouts, Racial Discrimination, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Experience, Student Personnel Services, Telephone Surveys, Whites, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans; AIR Forum; University of Utah
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (32nd, Atlanta, GA, May 10-13, 1992).