ERIC Number: ED342864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Campus Climate: An Approach to Supporting Student Diversity. Minority on Campus [Series].
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Independent Colleges and Universities.
This booklet offers a framework to help administrators understand the campus environment for minorities, and describes an approach to collecting the information needed to monitor change in that climate with an emphasis on the experiences and perceptions of minority students on campus and the need they express for a more hospitable campus. Following an introduction, the first of three sections offers questions for presidents and senior administrative staff designed to focus thinking on the central issues of campus climate, and to provide a series of talking points for further conversation. The questions are grouped under the following topics: (1) recruitment of minority students; (2) at-risk students; (3) retention of minority students; (4) employee training; (5) minority participation in institutional life; (6) educational programs; (7) non-academic programs; and (8) institutional policy issues. The second section proposes a student program designed to help the institution make the campus environment better for all students and offers questions for a structured student interview. The third section offers actual student comments on campus environment in the following areas: (1) positive attitudes; (2) ignorance and insensitivity; (3) isolation and alienation; (4) stereotyping; (5) overload; (6) too few role models; (7) minority concerns; (8) group relations; (9) white student feelings; and (10) the importance of financial aid. Concluding comments are included. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Administrator Role, Black Students, Campuses, College Environment, College Presidents, College Students, Data Collection, Diversity (Student), Educational Improvement, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Interviews, Minority Groups, School Demography, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship
National Institute of Independent Colleges and Universities, 122 C Street N.W., Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001-2190 ($10.00 each; $25.00 for the Minorities on Campus series set of five).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Independent Colleges and Universities.