ERIC Number: ED352106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Employee Perceptions of the Racial Climate at Prince George's Community College, Spring 1992.
The 1990 U.S. Census's discovery that Prince George's County in Maryland had become the nation's first basically middle-class, majority nonwhite county prompted Prince George's Community College (PGCC) to assess how well it was responding to the challenges of the new multiculturalism. In spring 1992, a racial climate attitude survey was developed and distributed to both students and employees, resulting in 17% (n=1,198) and 31% (n=552) response rates, respectively. The relatively low employee response rate limited the scope of the analysis and left portions of the PGCC work force underrepresented. Results of the survey included the following: (1) 94% of the respondents felt that relations were "OK" or "better than OK;" (2) faculty members were the most optimistic about campus race relations; (3) staff members seemed the most concerned, with only 38% rating race relations as "good" or better and 15% rating them "poor;" (4) faculty and staff, while both optimistic as groups, tended to disagree significantly on the extent to which the racial climate within the staff should be rated "good" or better; (5) compared to students, faculty respondents were 12% more prone to rate relations between nonwhite students/white faculty as "good" or better, and 10% more prone to perceive the white student/nonwhite faculty climate in the same favorable light; (6) nonwhite faculty came closest to unhappiness of the four job/race groups within the employee force, while white faculty came closest to satisfaction; and (7) around 20% of the nonwhite employees reported subtle interpersonal discrimination, such as being treated condescendingly, and 35% reported discrimination. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.