ERIC Number: ED298806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
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Attitudes and Perceptions of White Students Attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Many studies have been made over the past several years on black students and their academic performance at predominantly white institutions, but the reversed situation of white students attending historically black educational facilities has received minimal coverage. Based on a literature review and two surveys of white students at a black institution in Alabama and another in Florida, information is presented on: characteristics of white students attending historically black colleges and universities (reasons for attending black institutions, levels of motivation, and prior contact with blacks); educational climate (teacher competence, attitudinal relationships, and extra-curricula activities); black institutions and white enrollment conflicts (Alcorn State University in Mississippi and Tennessee State University/University of Tennessee); and the surveys of white students at Bishop State Junior College (Alabama) and Florida A&M University. Statistical data are provided on: general characteristics; classification and career goals; sources of income; enrollment; factors affecting attendance; prior contact with blacks; academic experience; non-academic experience; impressions; and preferences in academic and social guidance. The findings reveal that: most white students attend black colleges solely to get an education; the average age is 23 and older; over 50% of the white students are enrolled full time; nearly 50% finance their own education; 54% transfer to black institutions from predominantly white institutions; and over 50% find that their academic and non-academic experiences meet their expectations. The survey instrument is included and 39 references are provided. (SM)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Doctoral research paper, Florida State University.