ERIC Number: ED455747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
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Establishing a "Level Playing Field" for Minority Students on Predominantly Anglo University Campuses.
Madkins, Jerry B.; Mitchell, Charles E.
This paper draws on data from a previous study to explore the existence of institutional racism at traditionally all-white institutions and the steps that an institution can take to address the possible hostile environment of a nearly all-white institution. Data on college mathematics and core curriculum achievement from the earlier study showed differences in performance favoring Caucasian students over African American and Hispanic American students. Faculty members at the institution studied suggested that minority students were less well prepared or that they did not really care about their studies. Students believed that they were negatively stereotyped by their instructors and by the institution as a whole. In addition, minority students seldom have a place off campus where they can relax and escape academic pressure. Administrators must insure that instructors and student leaders on campus are aware that adjusting to campus life can be harder for some minority students. The obstacles that minority students face can easily form a barrier that students will not overcome. Aggressively recruiting students to a predominantly Anglo campus may be an injustice unless the institution supports their success aggressively. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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