ERIC Number: ED319332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Culture and Its Artifacts in Higher Education: Their Impact on the Enrollment and Retention of African-American Students.
How the nature of the campus culture helps determine the levels of enrollment and retention of African-American students is examined in this study conducted at Oberlin College, Ohio, a college that has shown relative success in enrolling and retaining African-American students. The study provides excerpts from numerous interviews with students, faculty, staff members, and the Admissions Department involving seven categories: campus climate, Black Studies, support services, admissions, retention, financial aid, and the larger community. Seven observations and recommendations are presented and include: the importance of vigilance in insuring the success of African-American students; the need for African-American students to rely on each other; the importance of a "critical mass" of African-American students on a predominantly white campus; and the need to hire, reward, and retain more African-American faculty and administrators. Another study on the same issue, which coincidentally was being done at the same time as the Oberlin study, echoes very similar results and conclusions; findings of this study are also presented. Contains 20 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A