ERIC Number: ED028713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
Recruitment and Support of Culturally Distinct Students. Ethical and Educational Implications.
Godard, James M.
Recently, colleges and universities have been recruiting and admitting students whose poverty-neighborhood environments and educational and ethnic backgrounds may have prevented the continuation of their education beyond high school. We already know that these "culturally distinct students" have college adjustment problems that traditional remedial programs are unable to alleviate. Their needs involve such questions as potential alienation, search for identity, and available staff with whom communication is possible. It must now be recognized that it is just as important for advantaged as it is for disadvantaged students that disadvantaged students be on a college campus. Intercultural understanding today is necessary for survival, and integration can only occur in situations where communication and shared experiences across cultural barriers become reality. Among other things, colleges now need to change instructional practices, examine curricula in terms of their relevance to the components of the student body, and provide counseling that covers a broader spectrum than that normally provided. To fulfill the moral and educational responsibilities attendant upon the diversification of the cultural composition of students on their campuses, the roles of all institutions of higher education must be redefined. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 1969