ERIC Number: ED439641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec-18
Minority Retention in Predominantly White Universities and Colleges: The Importance of Creating a Good "Fit."
Just, Helen D.
This paper examines some theories and approaches for better integrating minority students into college environments for creating a good "fit" for an increasingly diverse student body, and thereby increasing student retention. Several factors are found to affect diversity: an increased proportion of minorities; an increase in the average age of students; and the large number of employed students. While feeling a part of the campus community is important to all students, minority students face unique problems and have lower graduation rates. The study suggests that a significant, if simple, way to assist adjustment to college for all students, but particularly for minorities, is to encourage the maintenance of attachment to significant people from home. That has not often been the policy of colleges in recent years, but research suggests that connection to home has a significant impact on academic and intellectual development and on commitment. Aggressive recruiting of minority students will create a larger community of similar students, with less chance of their feeling isolated. Similarly, recruiting minority faculty and staff members will provide role models. A diverse faculty can be effective in combating racial prejudice, together with appropriate attitudes of administrators. (Contains 36 references.) (RH)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Students, Diversity (Student), Educational Environment, Faculty Integration, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Parent Child Relationship, Racial Relations, School Demography, Student Adjustment, Student Alienation, Student Attrition, Student College Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A