ERIC Number: ED328180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Racial Issues on Campus: How Students View Them.
Abraham, Ansley A.
A Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) study was conducted in 1988 to examine perceptions of college climate among black students at predominantly white colleges and white students in historically black colleges. Data were obtained from 20 historically black and 20 predominantly white institutions which participated in the 1977 and 1978 SREB studies, including Alabama State, Jackson State and Mississippi State Universities, and University of Maryland-College Park. Returned surveys (N=4,853) were analyzed for information on the student demographics, racial attitudes, satisfaction with institution, minority recruitment, college choice, and academic and social climate. Analysis underscored the need for colleges and universities in the SREB region to re-examine the status of minority students on campuses. Study findings included the following: (1) opinions about campus climate most often reflected status and not race; (2) students generally expressed open-mindedness toward race relations; (3) many white students opposed special considerations for minorities; (4) students questioned the sincerity of minority recruitment efforts and only in this case did opinions diverge along racial lines; and (5) minority group students indicated a lack of opportunity to express their concerns. Fourteen tables are included. (LPT)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Black Students, College Students, Colleges, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Racial Composition, Racial Discrimination, Racial Relations, Student Attitudes, Universities, White Students
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth St., N.W. Atlanta, GA 30318-5790 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers; Administrators
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.