ERIC Number: ED308795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Minority Students Graduate from College--A Comprehensive Approach. ERIC Digest.
Richardson, Richard C., Jr.; de los Santos, Alfredo G., Jr.
Blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians remain less likely to graduate from college than other Americans. This persistent and serious problem is solvable if concerned institutions use a comprehensive approach, implementing 10 principles in order to successfully remove race and ethnicity as factors in college completion. The principles listed are supported by a 3-year national study of 10 predominantly white colleges and universities that have achieved success in graduating minority students over 10 or more years. The 10 principles are as follows: announce your priorities (the goal of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities); back your priorities (spend money to recruit, retain, and graduate minority students); employ minority leaders (to send a clear message about the value of cultural diversity); track your progress; provide comprehensive support services; emphasize quality (with plenty of diversity); reach out to community schools, agencies, and businesses (a community-wide effort can raise minority students' aspirations and academic preparation); bridge the educational gaps (with such bridge programs as extended classes covering required material, tutoring, learning laboratories, collaborative study groups, and intrusive advising); reward good teaching and diversify the faculty (cultivating minority professors by mentoring graduate students or junior faculty members); and construct a nonthreatening social environment (with no incidents of racism). Eight references are included. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Access to Education, American Indians, Blacks, College Graduates, College Students, Educational Attainment, Educational Quality, Equal Education, Excellence in Education, Graduation, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Racial Discrimination
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.