ERIC Number: ED252614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Black Undergraduate Students Attending Predominantly White, State-Supported Universities. Preliminary Report: Winter 1981 Study.
Allen, Walter R.; And Others
Almost 700 black undergraduates responded to a questionnaire investigating the educational characteristics, experiences, and outcomes of black undergraduates at six predominantly white state-supported campuses. It was found that students in the study entered college with established histories of academic achievement, came from majority-black schools, and now found themselves in the unfamiliar situation of being in a decided minority, with little contact with black faculty staff. The students reported relatively good relations with their peers in the classroom, but little contact outside the classroom. They also reported frequent exposure to racial discrimination, on the part of students, staff, and faculty. Most students believed white professors to be concerned about their success, but felt that the professors sometimes evaluated black academic performance unfairly. Socially, the black students felt at a severe disadvantage. Though most were reasonably satisfied with their financial aid, over a third felt that other support services were unsatisfactory. Finally, despite obvious problems, the students clearly possessed high perceptions of self. Overall, the study revealed a tremendous gap between black student needs on white campuses and the currently existing policies and programs of those campuses. (RDN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, College Desegregation, Higher Education, Peer Relationship, Racial Discrimination, Racial Relations, Self Concept, State Colleges, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Financial Aid, Teacher Student Relationship, Undergraduate Students
Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, 909 Monroe, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.
Note: For related documents, see UD 023 989-990.