ERIC Number: ED060803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Racial Attitudes of White University Freshmen.
Sedlacek, William E.; Brooks, Glenwood C., Jr.
As our universities and colleges become increasingly multiracial, the attitudes of students of different races toward one another are becoming of primary importance. The purpose of this study is to assess the attitudes of white entering freshmen toward blacks at the University of Maryland. The Situational Attitude Scale (SAS) was administered to 470 white freshmen attending summer orientation. The results clearly indicate that white incoming freshmen have generally negative attitudes toward blacks. Combined with results of earlier studies on upperclassmen at the University, there is a clear negative attitude toward blacks among all whites studied. The implications of these findings for University planning and policymaking are discussed. These include at least one required course in interracial and intercultural relations, seminars and race-related programs sponsored by academic and student affairs offices, as well as money for student and faculty initiated programs and race-related research programs. It is concluded that there is a great deal that can and should be done to minimize the potential for racial friction that exists on campus. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cultural Study Center.