ERIC Number: ED252615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Undergraduate Survey of Black Undergraduate Students Attending Predominantly White, State-Supported Universities. Preliminary Report: 1982.
Allen, Walter R.; And Others
This report discusses the results of a survey of the characteristics and the social and academic experiences of black undergraduates at eight predominantly white and regionally diverse State college campuses. The majority of the students sampled were freshmen. Major findings are that: (1) black undergraduates did not report markedly unpleasant or decidedly pleasant experiences; overall, students reported on the quality of interaction with white faculty, staff, and students as being slightly better than neutral; (2) most black students encountered some form of racial discrimination on these campuses. These data suggest that the students felt a certain tenuousness in their position on campus. Evidence of this feeling can be found in the fact that the students evaluated interactions with blacks on campus extremely positively, felt that there were not enough blacks in any role on campus, and felt that blacks were not fully a part of campus life. This feeling of their tenuous status no doubt partially accounts for the just above average academic performance of a student group that survey results showed to be ambitious, committed, and equipped with sound college preparation. It could also help account for their sense of alienation from campus life. To alleviate this situation, universities must expand efforts to bring in black faculty, staff, and students, and take more steps to address black students' experience of estrangement. (RDN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Black Attitudes, Black Students, College Freshmen, Educational Background, Educational Environment, Higher Education, Racial Discrimination, Racial Relations, Self Concept, State Colleges, Student Adjustment, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.
Note: For related documents, see UD 023 988 and UD 023 990.