ERIC Number: ED207433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Immigrant and Refugee Students at the University of California, Berkeley.
Scherini, Rose; And Others
Immigrant and refugee students at the University of California, Berkeley, were surveyed in spring 1980 to assess their needs. Of the 311 mailed questionnaires, 208 responses were received. The data were analyzed by language group, class level, and immigrant/refugee status. The major areas of difficulty for these students were the large amount of course work reading, relations with instructors and peers, and adjustment to U.S. society and institutions. The most frequently used campus services were the Financial Aid Office, the Student Information Center, and the Student Learning Center. For a list of possible new services, the respondents chose an information booklet for immigrants as most useful. They also frequently chose special orientation and special tutoring/advising services. Asian students reported greater use of existing services, and they anticipated greater usefulness of proposed services than did other language groups. Refugees (who are 50 percent Asian) reported slightly higher usage of services than immigrants. The total sample of immigrants and refugees used services such as the Counseling Center, Student Learning Center, and Financial Aid Office at a much higher rate than did the general campus population of new students. It is concluded that the most pressing need of these students is assistance with the difficult language and cultural adjustments. It is recommended that the university establish special orientation and advising services, including bilingual peer staff. A sample survey form is appended as is an assistant professor's letter of recommendations. (SW)
Descriptors: Acculturation, College Students, Cultural Differences, Educational Counseling, English (Second Language), Ethnic Groups, Higher Education, Immigrants, Institutional Research, Language Aptitude, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Questionnaires, Refugees, School Orientation, Student Adjustment, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Tutorial Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley, Office of Student Research.