ERIC Number: ED346925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Student Perceptions of the Racial Climate at Prince George's Community College, Spring 1992: A Preliminary Report. Research Brief RB93-1.
In the wake of a shift in the racial composition of the student body at Prince George's Community College (PGCC), which was 62% "minority" by spring 1992, a thorough investigation of the college's racial climate was undertaken. One aspect of this investigation involved the distribution of a questionnaire to 7,000 students enrolled in credit courses, including 5,000 non-whites. Selected findings, based on a response rate of over 20% (N=1,406 students), included the following: (1) the percentage of respondents who had a realistic perception of non-white proportions within the student body was 72%, within the faculty was 69%, and within the administration was 73%; (2) students seemed unaware of attempts to improve racial balance within the faculty and administration; (3) 52% rated race relations in the college, as a whole, as good or very good, and another 36% rated them as "O.K."; (4) white and non-white students agreed on the positive abstract value of college diversity; (5) 46% of the non-whites and 84% of the whites agreed that whites do not practice a subtle form of racism; (6) white students were less likely to express comfort with campus racial diversity and to find it personally valuable than were non-white students; (7) 38% claimed to have experienced at least one of the 18 listed types of racial bias while at PGCC, while another 10% had witnessed or heard about such an event; (8) 30% of non-whites, and 14% of whites felt they had experienced faculty racial bias; and (9) only 35% of those claiming to have experienced racial bias made any discernible response to it. An appendix includes a summary of responses and the survey instrument. (JSP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research.