ERIC Number: ED366397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Acculturation at Miami-Dade Community College, Fall Term 1981 through Fall Term 1991. Research Report No. 93-05R.
A study was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC), to gather data on the citizenship, native language, and high school of origin of students attending the college as measures of acculturation in the population from which M-DCC draws its enrollment. Data from closing fall term enrollment files for 1981 through 1991 were used. Study findings included the following: (1) the total fall enrollment of Black non-Hispanic students decreased during the first half of the 1980's, from 6,975 in fall 1981 to 6,338 in fall 1985, and increased in the latter part of the decade to 10,664 in fall 1991 for an overall 10-year growth of 53%; (2) the percentage of Black non-Hispanic students who reported U.S. citizenship decreased rapidly in the early 1980's and then more slowly in the latter portion of the decade; (3) fall enrollment of Hispanic students increased from 20,596 in fall 1981 to 30,649 in fall 1991, an overall increase of 48.8%; (4) Spanish was reported as the native language by the majority of Hispanic M-DCC students across the 10-year period, although this percentage decreased steadily from 80.5% in fall 1981 to 68.2% in fall 1991; (5) the enrollment of White non-Hispanic students decreased by 10% from fall 1981 to fall 1985 and then grew slowly from fall 1985 to fall 1991; (6) over 90% of the White non-Hispanic group graduated from high school in the U.S., reported U.S. citizenship, and used English as their native language; and (7) the enrollment of Asian/Pacific Islander students decreased slightly between 1981 and 1983, and then increased each alternate fall for an overall increase of 79% from 664 to 1,189. Tables showing acculturation trends by ethnicity and campus are included. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.