ERIC Number: ED139889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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Admission and Retention of Minority Students in Large Universities. Research Report No. 3-77.
Sedlacek, William E.; Webster, Dennis W.
The admissions offices of 103 large, U.S. universities provided information regarding their admissions and retention of minority students for the eighth consecutive year. Results showed that black freshman enrollment was three percent in fall, 1969 and only five percent in fall, 1976, down from a high of six percent in 1973. Non-black minority freshman enrollment remained low and ranged from 0.2 percent American Indians to 1.7 percent minorities other than Hispanic or Asian Americans. The numbers of minority freshmen entering large universities seem to be either the same or decreasing. Most trends are holding steady, although the use of recommendations for general admission is down, the number of special programs for minorities is down sharply in public schools but steady in private schools, the average number of admissions criteria employed by each school is up, and the number of schools employing different admissions criteria for minorities has dropped in 1975 and 1976, all of which show trends back to 1969 levels. The very large decrease in black freshman enrollment in the Middle States region since 1973 could be important, since that region has been the trend setter in the past. It appears that private schools have not only done better than public schools in enrolling minority students, but they have done a better job of retaining them. (Author/JM)
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