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ERIC Number: ED462040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Ethnic Identification, Racial Climate and African American Undergraduate Educational Outcomes in a Predominantly White University.
Jenkins, S. Yvette
This study addressed the quality of the racial environment, the "racial climate," that students of color face on predominantly white campuses and the impact this has on student satisfaction and successful academic performance. The second question is that of the role of ethnic or racial identification in students' adjustment to the campus environment. Unique to this study is the inclusion of academic satisfaction, which refers to the extent to which students feel satisfied with their academic experience, both for its intellectual challenge and its career relevance. Responses of 96 African American students (65% female) to questionnaires that were part of a larger study provided data on students at college entrance and in the fourth year. Significant predictors of African American students' cumulative grade point average, general satisfaction, and academic satisfaction differed for each outcome. For African American students in the sample, academic achievement was primarily related to background characteristics, but not to race-related campus experiences. A negative campus environment appeared to have a negative effect on student satisfaction, but not on academic performance. It also appeared that ethnic identity, as an individual characteristic a student brings to college, is a strength that enhances student academic performance. (Contains 4 tables and 43 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A