ERIC Number: ED419469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun-20
Reference Count: N/A
Valuing Diversity: Student Perceptions of Campus Climate in the Oregon State System of Higher Education.
Oregon State System of Higher Education, Portland. Office of Academic Affairs.
This report presents results of a campus climate survey which focused on student perceptions of issues related to race and ethnicity on campuses in the Oregon State System of Higher Education (OSSHE). Following a literature search and questionnaire development, questionnaires were mailed to 5,989 randomly selected students at all seven OSSHE campuses. Analysis of the 2,296 returned questionnaires indicated that: (1) financial aid was a concern for all groups of students, with significant differences among ethnic/racial groups regarding the amount and sources of aid or financial support received; (2) although students reported generally low levels of participation in extracurricular events or ethnic/cultural events, 73 percent said they would feel welcome at such events though 2.7 percent reported feeling rejected; (3) enrollment in diversity-related courses was widespread among all groups (43 percent), with African-American students the most likely to have enrolled in such courses; (4) racial/ethnic diversity was generally viewed as a positive value and experience by students of all groups although there were differences among groups on the value of affirmative action. Implications for policymakers in Oregon are drawn. The questionnaire is appended. (Contains 66 references.)(DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oregon State Board of Higher Education, Salem.
Authoring Institution: Oregon State System of Higher Education, Portland. Office of Academic Affairs.