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ERIC Number: ED371416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-19
Pages: 25
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Being a Minority Student at a Small Private University: A Survey of Challenges and Successful Strategies.
Rozema, Hazel; Weldy, Eric
A study examined the kinds of skills that minority students felt prepared them for college and helped them to succeed. All 80 minority students enrolled at Illinois' Millikin University (enrollment, 1,800 students) were interviewed for 20 to 30 minutes each. Results indicated that: (1) students reported that English composition/writing classes, advanced mathematics courses, and speech communication/interpersonal courses helped them prepare for college; (2) the most helpful resource on campus was the writing center; (3) the hardest thing about being a Millikin student was the lack of cultural diversity; (4) approximately half of the students said that faculty members were fair and treated minority students the same as anyone else; (5) a strong sense of proving something to the world, a desire to be role models, and family were key motivating factors for the students to stay in college; and (6) the overwhelming response regarding changes the students wanted to see was more diversity on campus. Some of the programs and characteristics of Millikin University that have helped minority students include: the university's small, teaching-oriented status; close monitoring of student progress; a mandatory 8-week orientation course for all freshmen; early intervention programs; minority professionals and staff serving as role models for students; an active Office of Student Development; a writing center that provides transitions in oral and written communication; and the Office of Minority Affairs, which undertakes projects to address the needs and concerns of minority students. (Appendixes present the interview questions, preliminary findings, and time management steps.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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