ERIC Number: ED256227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Expressed Needs and Concerns of Black Students at a Small, Rural, and Predominantly White University. Research Report No. 5.
Ayewoh, Michael Ehi
Needs and concerns of 35 black students enrolled at Mansfield University in spring 1985 were assessed. Biographical information and opinions of the respondents were obtained using a questionnaire, which is appended. Characteristics of the sample include: 66.67 percent were males and 33.33 percent were females; 22 of the students were 18 to 21 years old, 9 were 22 to 25 years old, and 4 were 26 to 29 years old; there were 11 freshmen, 9 sophomores, 9 juniors, 5 seniors, and 1 graduate student; more than half of the respondents were in-state, while 31.43 percent were from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virgin Islands, and Georgia; and students majored in 15 fields. Students were asked to write what should be done by the university to improve the quality of academic and social/environmental issues concerning black students. Frequently expressed needs included: more black professors and students, more black-related courses and activities, and a black affairs office to handle academic and social adjustment of black students. Twenty-three students felt the black student union served their interests, while 11 said it did not. Students' comments about their needs, the black student union, and the quality of student life are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Age Groups, Black Students, College Environment, College Students, Females, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Majors (Students), Males, Place of Residence, Questionnaires, Rural Schools, Small Colleges, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Student Unions
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mansfield Univ., PA. Special Programs/Learning Resource Center.