ERIC Number: ED210996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Problems Encountered by Women and Minority Students at Indiana University. Indiana Studies in Higher Education, Number Forty-Six.
Jacobs, Lucy Cheser
The problems encountered by undergraduate women and minority students at Indiana University were identified to determine whether the difficulties were perceived as race or sex discrimination. Questionnaire responses were obtained from students in the departments of Afro-American Studies (100) and Chicano Studies (42) and in a general cross-section of classes in various departments (232). Nineteen responses from the Women's Studies program were combined with the general cross-section group. The two problems reported most frequently by all groups were obtaining good advice about courses/programs and obtaining adequate financial aid. Academic problems such as inadequate preparation in basic skills and maintaining a satisfactory grade point average were significantly more troublesome for minority students than nonminority students. The minority students also experienced more serious nonacademic problems, such as the perceived hostile attitudes from other students, finding satisfactory social outlets, and the lack of success models of their race on campus. The minority students were more likely to attribute nonacademic than academic problems to racial discrimination; however, relatively small numbers perceived any problems as race-related. Minority women felt that their problems were significantly more serious than nonminority women, and these were more likely to be related to racism than sexism. The women respondents wanted to see more female role models on campus and felt that problems such as their inadequate preparation in mathematics and the lack of encouragement from advisors to pursue nontraditional careers may be forms of sex discrimination. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Advising, Basic Skills, Departments, Faculty Advisers, Females, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Minority Groups, Peer Relationship, Racial Discrimination, Role Models, Sex Discrimination, State Universities, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Student Problems, Undergraduate Students
Bureau of Evaluative Studies and Testing, Division of Research and Development, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Bureau of Evaluative Studies and Testing.