ERIC Number: ED261563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
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The Best System: Black Academic and Cultural Retention (Save the Children).
Atkinson, Pansye S.; Hord, Frederick L.
Assumptions concerning the American education system and its social structure and implications for blacks are discussed, and a Frostburg State College program that addresses academic and cultural retention issues for black students is described. This program, the Best System, includes features such as: offering black cultural history; using nontraditional admissions criteria; developmental academic advising and counseling, focusing on students' academic, social, and psychological needs; using competency-based tests that reflect student potential; advising black student organizations; and promoting campus/community human relations activities. The Best System addresses the realities of elitism, cultural monism, and world Americanization that are inherent in America's neocolonial education system. The system is based on a philosophy of internal separatism/external integration, which involves: (1) a spirit of black collectivism and unity; (2) cultural pluralism; and (3) internationalism, which entails a knowledge of international political realities and a sense of camaraderie of color to promote world humanization. Specific attention is directed to the following components of the Best System: academic advising/counseling and student organization advising. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Academic Persistence, Black Culture, Black Students, Black Studies, College Students, Counseling Objectives, Cultural Pluralism, Higher Education, Racial Identification, School Counseling, School Holding Power, Social Structure, State Colleges, Student Development, Student Organizations, World Affairs
Panfre Productions, P.O. Box 77, Frostburg, MD 21532 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers; Counselors; Administrators; Practitioners
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