ERIC Number: ED025227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan-15
Reference Count: 0
Extending Educational Opportunity -- Problems of Recruitment and Admissions, High Risk Students, Cultural Deprivation, Etc.
Kendrick, S. A.
The readiness of US universities to enroll black students was particularly evident between Fall 1967 and Fall 1968. The growing number of potential non-white college students and the militance of those already enrolled present a new challenge to institutions of higher education and raise many issues, 4 of which are of special import: (1) before promising to meet militant student demands concerning the percentage of black students to be enrolled, each college or university needs to reevaluate its educational objectives and financial resources, arrive at an independent and realistic decision, then make a sustained effort to achieve its goals. Results of this examination might vary; black enrollments might not increase from the present 2% at some institutions but they might go up to 20% or 30% at others, such as public colleges in urban settings. (2) The fact that racial issues will continue to be important but difficult aspects of US society must be considered when colleges seek to arrive at conclusions regarding their enrollments of minority group students. (3) Some consensus must be reached within the academic community on how students and institutions will be financed. Massive local, state and federal support would seem to be one solution. (4) Relationships between elementary, secondary and higher education institutions need improvement. Cooperative attitudes among the 3 levels would lead to smoother transition of disadvantaged youth from school to college. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Summary of paper presented at 55th Annual Meeting of Association of American Colleges, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 15, 1969.