ERIC Number: ED068042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
The Black College Freshman: Characteristics and Recent Trends.
Bayer, Alan E.
This document presents the results of a study designed to determine the racial trends in higher education and to compare these findings with a similar study made in 1968. Highlights of the findings include: (1) 53% of the black students and 45% of the nonblack students were women; (2) As in 1968, proportionately twice as many blacks as nonblacks were at least 20 years old when they entered college in 1971; (3) Between 1968 and 1971, the average high school grade averages of both black and nonblack college freshmen rose somewhat; (4) Despite the higher grades, substantial proportions of blacks and nonblacks felt that they needed remedial tutoring, especially in the field of mathematics; (5) Entering black students were more likely than nonblack students to report achievements in extracurricular activities; (6) Typically, blacks and nonblacks were similar in the types of day-to-day activities they engaged in; (7) Proportionately more black freshmen than nonblack freshmen hoped to get a postbaccalaureate degree; and (8) Black students were more likely than were nonblacks to attend institutions that were either very close to home or a great distance away. (HS)
Descriptors: Black Education, Black Youth, College Freshmen, College Students, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Student Characteristics
Office of Research, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($3.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Federal Interagency Committee on Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Office of Research.