ERIC Number: ED319333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Retention of African-American Students: The Effects of Institutional Arrangements in Higher Education.
The retention of African-American students on college campuses is examined in this study conducted at Oberlin College, Ohio, a school which has been fairly successful in retaining African-American students over the past 20 years. The study addressed the needs of African-American students by looking at the college's institutional symbols. In particular, the study looked at Oberlin's Black Studies Department, its Afrikan Heritage House (an African-American dormitory), and the African-American student association. The study used and analyzed data collected from interviews conducted on Oberlin's campus; the interviews were designed to determine what it is that these institutions offer that makes African-American students at Oberlin comfortable. The study examined four key areas: support, cultural enrichment, status, and political advantage, that the three institutions being studied seem to possess that contribute in providing an environment conducive to African-American student retention. Contains 16 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