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ERIC Number: ED141239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
The Liberal Arts College: Desegregation without Integration.
Claerbaut, David
Black student alienation in liberal arts colleges is discussed. A study was conducted of eight four-year liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. Respondents included 267 black students, nearly 60% of all black students enrolled. A standard alienation scale measured feelings of powerlessness, meaninglessness, normlessness, cultural estrangement, social estrangement, and estrangement from work. Results showed a high degree of normlessness contrasted with low overall powerlessness. This suggests that black students believe opportunities for advancement do exist, but not within the prevailing normative structure. Other results showed high social estrangement in black females living on campus, students from the suburbs living on campus, and nursing majors. This lack of integration probably stems from the ethnocentric nature of the institutions. Changes are recommended in terms of recruitment of more black and other minority students and faculty, a strong black student association headed by a black student advisor, well-developed black studies programs, tutoring services for inadequately prepared black freshmen, and a faculty committee on minority education. Although drastic institutional change might harm its relationship with its founding and sustaining ethnic group, certain actions need to be taken toward proper integration. (AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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