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ERIC Number: ED224373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Summary Findings from a Preliminary Study of Black Student Adjustment, Achievement and Aspirations at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Winter, 1980. Pretest of a National Study.
Allen, Walter R.
Adjustments, achievements, and aspirations of black undergraduates attending the University of Michigan were studied with a focus on characteristics correlating highly with black student continuance and successful matriculation. Questionnaire responses from 229 black undergraduates at the Ann Arbor campus provided information on: family background; high school background; student experiences at the university; student interactions with peers, faculty, and staff; student use of university supportive services; student attitudes and opinions; and problematic black student experiences. Findings include the following: 67 percent of the respondents were strongly satisfied with their decision to attend the university; fewer than 10 percent reported grade point averages of less than C; 42 percent aspired to attain a master's degree; nearly three-quarters of the respondents grew up in two-parent households and 60 percent were from families with incomes exceeding $21,000 per year; the students came from families with traditions of high educational attainment; they were high academic achievers in high school; over half initially applied to the university because of its academic reputation; after enrollment, about 30 percent of these student have seriously considered dropping out of school; respondents identified social adjustment and feelings of isolation as possible reasons for black attrition; 85 percent reported having encountered racial discrimination in some form while at the university, but 22 percent judged such acts to occur seldom; over 90 percent expressed the need for more black students; over 60 percent reported having had little or no contact with black faculty and staff. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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