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ERIC Number: EJ1019097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0091-5521
The Relationship between Student Body Racial Composition and the Normative Environment toward Diversity at Community Colleges
Jones, Willis A.
Community College Review, v41 n3 p249-265 Jul 2013
While there has been increased scholarship in recent years on diversity in higher education, most of this research has failed to include 2-year institutions in its analyses. This study examined whether the racial composition of the community college student body is correlated with an institution's normative climate toward three diversity outcomes: student conversations with racially different peers, student conversations with peers holding different beliefs, and student understanding of racially different others. The results indicate that having a more diverse student body had a positive, statistically significant relationship with each outcome. This finding suggests that community colleges, like 4-year institutions, can be positively influenced by enrolling a more racially heterogeneous student body.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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