ERIC Number: ED430597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Campus Climate: Perceptions, Policies and Programs in Community Colleges. AACC Research Brief.
Kee, Arnold Madison
In April 1997, the American Association of Community Colleges surveyed 1,450 community college presidents in order to find out the state of race and ethnic relations and diversity programming in community colleges. Respondents were asked to identify their campus climate, along a five-point scale, as "contentious" or "harmonious," and also to indicate the extent to which their campuses administer policies and programs that may affect institutional climate. Among the major findings were: (1) 57% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed on the importance of diversity programming in promoting participation and success of diverse groups of students; (2) more "harmonious" campuses tended to be large (more than 30,000 students), or located in rural areas, in southern regions, with higher percentages of minority students or faculty; (3) over 90% of responding institutions had grievance procedures for students, administrators, faculty, and staff to seek recourse for harassment based on racial or ethnic identity; (4) nearly four-fifths of respondents had student organizations that sponsor cultural events at least monthly, but less than half of the institutions use public forums to discuss race relations on a monthly basis; (5) 62% of respondents had a college official assigned to monitor on-campus race relations; (6) 59% of participating institutions offer credit courses that address ethnic and race relations, but only 35% offer noncredit courses in this subject. Tables illustrate the rating of campus climate at participating community colleges. (AS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.