ERIC Number: ED430638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of Race and Ethnic Background on Students' Community and Technical College Experiences. Research Report No. 97-5.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.
In fall 1996, the Washington State students were asked about the quality of their college experience. The Community College Student Experience Questionnaire (CCSEQ), an in-class survey administered to approximately 13,000 students at 25 participating colleges, asked students about their involvement in college courses and other campus activities, and their perceptions of the institutional climate. Responses indicated that students were 80% white, 7% Asian/Pacific Islander, 4% Hispanic, 2% African American, 2% Native American, and 4% "Other Race." The data suggest that students of all race and ethnic groups experience college alike in the respect that they do not devote much time to their education and to other campus activities, yet they find the college a positive environment. Students of color, however, were more likely to interact with faculty and other students and reported more academic gains and progress than their white counterparts. Some students of color, particularly African-American and Asian-American students, reported a less supportive institutional climate than whites experience. Figures 1-7 indicate amounts of time spent studying, student interaction, job or family obligations that interfere with college work, challenge levels of coursework, and perceptions of learning environment. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.