ERIC Number: ED208738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Interracial Differences Among University Freshmen.
Minatoya, Lydia Y.; Sedlacek, William E.
A 79-item questionnaire was administered to a sample or 1,179 entering freshmen at the University of Maryland, College Park, in a survey of interracial differences. The sample was 86 percent white, 9 percent black, and 5 percent other minority groups (largely Hispanic and Asian American). White students were found to differ from minority students on several dimensions within the areas of background, attitude, and perceptions of self and environment. In addition, black and non-black minorities were found to have differences in demographic and academic backgrounds, needs, and attitudes. Minority group students were found to be more likely than white students to aspire to an educational degree beyond the bachelor's degree. Staying in school was more likely to depend on part-time employment for all minority students than for white students. There were additional differences in financial need and anticipated retention within the minority groups. Black students were significantly more likely than white and non-black minority students to feel that if they left the university before receiving a degree, it would be due to financial hardship. While there was little agreement with the statement "I thought seriously about not going to college," non-black males disagreed the most strongly with it and non-black females evidenced the least disagreement. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Asian Americans, Black Students, College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Institutional Research, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, White Students
University of Maryland, Office of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Counseling Center, College Park, MD 10742 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.