ERIC Number: ED355865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
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A Proposal for the Implementation of Programs for Culturally Diverse Students on a Predominantly White University Campus.
Land, Elizabeth R.; Land, Warren A.
An analysis was done of methods for dealing with cultural insensitivity found on predominantly white university campuses and of strategies for remedying the dissatisfaction of students from minority groups with their college experience. The analysis used Arthur Chickering's vectors of development theory and Alexander Astin's theory of student involvement. Chickering's theory of vectors implies that college students deal with seven different developmental tasks which include developing competence, managing emotions, developing autonomy, establishing identity, freeing interpersonal relationships, developing purpose and developing integrity. Astin's theory is based on five postulates, two of which were found to be relevant to the study issues. They propose: (1) that the amount of student learning and personal development associated with any educational program is directly proportional to the quality and quantity of student involvement in that program; and (2) that the effectiveness of any education practice is directly related to the capacity of that practice to increase student involvement. These theories were examined in relation to specific examples of programs for black college students being used by universities across the United States. The paper concludes that it is the responsibility of all faculty, staff and students to recognize and address the cultural insensitivities that minority students experience and to respond to unmet needs. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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