ERIC Number: ED295722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-15
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Satisfaction of Minority Students at Harper College. Volume XVI, No. 11.
Lucas, John A.
In spring 1987, a study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to assess the satisfaction of minority students with campus life and to gather selected demographic and performance data. Random samples of 100 Asian, 100 Black, 100 Hispanic, and 100 White students were surveyed by mail or, if there was no response to the mail survey, by telephone. Study findings, based on response rates of 29% for the Hispanic students, 35% for the Black students, 47% for the Asian students, and 61% for the White students, included the following: (1) in general, there was little difference between the satisfaction and participation rates of minority and White students; (2) Whites were slightly more certain of their career choice than minorities; (3) 75% of all students indicated that they would choose WRHC again if they were to start their college education over; (4) minority students gave WRHC more positive ratings as a comfortable place to study, a good resource for personal counseling needs, and a college that offers a wide variety of programs than White students; (5) minority students were more likely to use tutoring services, participate in WRHC's career exploration program, or attend orientation than White students; (6) Black students were the group most likely to live outside of the college district; and (7) the overall cumulative grade point average was lower for Blacks (1.62) and Hispanics (1.79) than for Whites (2.57) or Asians (2.99). Detailed study findings and the survey instruments are appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.