ERIC Number: ED325043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Black Undergraduate: Current Status and Trends in the Characteristics of Freshmen.
Astin, Alexander W.
This report presents a national profile of black college freshmen in 1989-90 and shows how these students have changed based on the past 19 surveys (1971-1989), using data on 16,000-20,000 black freshmen from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program. The study focuses on a wide variety of characteristics of black college freshmen: family background, financial aid and college choice, academic factors, behavioral patterns, aspirations and plans, expectations for college, self-concept, and values and attitudes. Although the report focuses on black-white differences, it is emphasized that the items where substantial differences were found were considerably outnumbered by items that yielded minor or no differences. Major findings include: (1) black students reported lower family incomes and education level than white students; (2) black college freshmen have experienced declining access to financial aid in the form of federal grants and have been forced to rely more on student loans; (3) low tuition was a major factor in black students' decision about which college to attend; (4) black freshmen continue to be less well-prepared for college compared to their white counterparts; (5) career choices of black students do not reflect preference for careers in the sciences or college teaching. (Nine references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Behavior Patterns, Black Students, College Choice, College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Expectation, Higher Education, Self Concept, Socioeconomic Status, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid, Values
Higher Education Research Institute, Graduate School of Education, 320 Moore Hall, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1521 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Higher Education Research Inst.